"War Pigs": “Evil minds that plot destruction, Sorcerers of death's construction…”
Chris “The Crippler” Leben (22-7) is coming off a first-round knockout of Wanderlei Silva, which took the "Cat Smasher" all of 27 seconds. Afterwards, he screamed in the cage like an insane caveman. It is hard to predict what we’ll see from Leben as his fights have been all over the place.
Whether he wins or loses, one thing you can never say about "The Crippler's" fights is that they are boring. What would you expect from a maniac who dyes his hair red to hide the blood? Leben’s style is to try and put his fist through his opponent’s head. Not sure what martial art that is, but it makes for exciting fights that often reap bonuses for Leben, who has won KO of the Night on three occasions.
Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz (11-2) is a wrestling specialist who is coming off of three straight wins over quality opponents, the most recent being Demian Maia at UFC 131. Munoz has heavy hands, so if this one stays standing up, expect chaos one way or the other.
Usually I lean towards the better wrestler in fights like these, but Leben has such insane punching power that he could very well end this one before Munoz has a chance to break a sweat. Even though Munoz is the better wrestler, Leben has an underrated ground game and should be able to negate some of Munoz’s advantage. Leben is the more seasoned fighter, but Munoz is still favored because of his vicious ground and pound. This one is a tough call, as it really depends on which Leben shows up.
I am going to say Leben is ready and able to stop Munoz’s takedown attempts and will win a close, split decision, disappointing the bloodthirsty crowd, who expected one of these fighters to be unconscious or even dead by the end of the fight.