If things had gone according to plan for UFC middleweight Mark Munoz the last time he set foot in the Octagon, the lineup for UFC 162 could very well be hosting his crack at champion Anderson Silva. Instead, the man he lost to – Chris Weidman – is challenging Silva while Munoz is meeting Tim Boetsch earlier in the evening.

When Munoz fell to Weidman a little more than a year ago he was on a four-fight winning streak including solid showings against Chris Leben and Demian Maia. Had he stopped the still unbeaten New Yorker’s string of victories, Munoz would have likely earned a title-shot despite being sidelined since with a string of injuries.

With Boestch in front of him, a Top 10 opponent recently seeing his own run at the top end, “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” is ready to show fans his stumble against Weidman was a speed bump in his career rather than the beginning of a downward slope.

“To win this fight is extremely important. For me to be able to win, and showcase my skills and what I have been working on in my camp, to finish him would speak volumes,” explained Munoz in an interview with RM Sports. “That would let everyone know that I am back and that I am ready to go. Last fight wasn’t indicative of who I am, and a win over Boetsch should catapult me into the title hunt.”

“Tim is strong, he is resilient, he can end a fight in one punch, and he has good clinch work,” he continued of his upcoming foe. “Those are the things I need to think about and be aware of. At the same time, I need to focus on what I do best, and force that on him as well, because if I keep thinking about what he does, I won’t do anything in the fight.”

Munoz holds an overall record of 12-3 with six strike-based stoppages. Meanwhile, Boetsch is 16-5 with notable wins over Kendall Grove, Yushin Okami, and Hector Lombard.

The full interview with Munoz can be seen below: