Mark Munoz has been a wrecking ball since dropping down to the middleweight division, beating the likes of Aaron Simpson, C.B. Dollaway, Demain Maia, and most recently Chris Leben last night. Munoz called out the current middleweight champion Anderson Silva after he stopped Leben, but is he ready for a shot at gold?
“The Filipino Wrecking Machine” is riding a four-fight winning streak with his most recent loss coming against Yushin “Thunder” Okami. That loss came via split decision as many thought that Munoz actually beat Okami. A Yushin/Okami rematch makes sense as Okami is coming off of a loss to Silva in Brazil. I’m not sure it is the best option though, but a win over the former No. 1 contender would make him next in line.
Next in line to face the champ Silva is most likely Chael Sonnen as he just recently dominated Brian Stann. Silva isn’t expected back in the near future, but it is hard to believe that Dana White and company would pass on that rematch.
Munoz needs one more big win before he is ready to fight for the strap, but the question is, who should he face next? Stann is one option as he doesn’t yet have a fight scheduled. Another possible matchup would be the winner of Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Michael Bisping, who constantly claims that he is the number one contender. If Bisping would beat Munoz, then the UFC would have no choice but to give him the shot.
Mark Munoz is a powerhouse who has some of the fiercest ground-and-pound ever seen. If he could get a win against either Stann, Okami, Miller, or Bisping then he certainly deserves a shot at the middleweight crown.