The last time fans saw UFC middleweight Mark Munoz in the Octagon he’d been put through a sound smashing at the hands (and elbow) of current top contender Chris Weidman. Beyond the meek showing, it’s also been a year since the loss and Munoz has admitted he dealt with personal struggles/weight problems during his time on the sidelines. However, despite the odds seemingly leaning towards a rusty Munoz at best, Tim Boetsch is expecting the same “Filipino Wrecking Machine” who’d won a quartet of consecutive clashes prior to his loss when the two tussle this weekend at UFC 162.
“He’s a good guy and he’s got a great work ethic and he’s an exciting fighter to watch. I think fans enjoy watching him fight because he’s in there throwing heavy hands and he goes for the kill against his opponents. You can see that in his fighting style. He likes to really land big right hands and try to put guys away, and often times he’ll be pushing the pace,” said Boetsch in an interview with Sherdog Radio. He looked a little bit off in his fight against Chris, but up to that point, he’d been very impressive, in my opinion, and that’s the Munoz I’m preparing for.”
“I’m sure they have a good game plan and they’re thinking of working the takedown and using some of his devastating ground-and-pound,” Boestch concluded on the match-up. “It’s going to be a mix of everything. I’m really expecting a fun fight in the sense that we’re going to see all different aspects of the game.”
Boetsch’s assessment of Munoz is an accurate one given the 12-3 grappler’s wrestling background and notorious “Donkey Kong” punches on the ground. Six of the 35-year old’s wins have come via TKO. Likewise, the bulk of Boetsch’s wins have been the result of strike-based stoppages, making for what should be an entertaining effort come Saturday night when the talented twosome square off.