Pictured: Mark Munoz.
Everybody wants to
be like fight Mike.
That includes middleweight mauler Mark Munoz, who has been busy in the training rooms getting back to full strength after getting hurt before his number one contender showdown against Chael Sonnen back at UFC on Fox 2 in January.
Michael Bisping took his place that night and ended up dropping a unanimous decision.
Now that Munoz is healthy enough to take fight bookings, he naturally assumed he would get first crack at the wounded "Count." But the Brit was instead matched up against Tim Boetsch for the UFC 148 Fourth of July weekend extravaganza.
Munoz tells ESPN why he was surprised he didn't get the call:
"It was surprising to me. I thought we were on a collision course. I know there are a lot of people in the general public that wanted us to fight. I would have loved to fight Bisping just because he's a bigger name and I match up well with him. But hey, he's fighting Boetsch and he's got his hands full. That's a real intriguing fight. We'll see what happens."
Munoz would go on to say that July is his target return month, so it's feasible he could be fighting on the same card as Bisping. But against who?
The list of available contenders isn't as long as times past but a match-up against Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Chris Weidman could make sense. He's the one who stepped up to replace Bisping against Demian Maia at UFC on FOX 2, besting his foe via decision on just 11 days notice.
At 8-0 and quickly rising up the 185-pound ladder, a win over Munoz could insert the Serra-Longo trained submission specialist into the proverbial "mix." The same can be said for "The Filipino Wrecking Machine."
Joe Silva, get on it.