While anyone out there can make fight predictions, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Mark Munoz has more inside knowledge than most, especially when it comes to the upcoming UFC 162 title fight between reigning 185-pound champion Anderson Silva and No. 1 contender Chris Weidman.
Munoz (12-3) has had the opportunity to train with "The Spider" on multiple occasions over the years while he also fought Weidman at UFC on FUEL TV 4 last summer, suffering a brutal second-round knockout loss to "All-American."
While most fighters can only analyze a match up based on what they see, "The Filipino Wrecking Machine" has physically engaged with both competitors and likely knows them better than most.
"It can go two ways. Chris Weidman, he's going to want to use his wrestling to his advantage and take Anderson down, you know, at the same time if Anderson can avoid the takedown and use his precise striking to knock him out. That's what Anderson has proven time and time again that he can actually evade some takedowns and then look to capitalize with his precise striking. He did it to Chael, he did it to Travis Lutter, he did it to a lot of wrestlers. So I see it going Anderson's way, just cause he's proven it time and again."
Munoz seems to believe that the fight IQ and superior striking of the Brazilian is what will lead him to a seventeenth consecutive victory inside the Octagon come July 4th weekend.
The 35-year-old doesn't seem all that confident in Weidman's ability to win the fight, which is interesting due to the fact both men just fought and a win for Weidman at UFC 162 would ultimately make Munoz look better in the big picture.
UFC 162: "Silva vs. Weidman" goes down July 6, 2013, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Along with the Silva vs. Weidman headliner, Munoz will attempt to return to the winner's column against Tim Boetsch while top featherweight contenders Ricardo Lamas and Chan Sung Jung are also set to clash.
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