As a former All-American and NCAA champion wrestler at Oklahoma State University, you know what the strength of his game is. It's to get the fight to the ground and punish you with what is probably the most brutal ground and pound in the sport today. Just look at his arms and fists. He can do damage. Just ask Chris Leben.
After losing to Matt Hamill via head kick at UFC 96, he decided to leave the light-heavyweight division and move to Middleweight. He's been dominant to say the least, with his only loss coming against Yushin Okami at UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko (feels so much longer ago than it really is). He's got the same muscle mass he did at 205, but less fat. It's really quite amazing.
Not to mention he's picked up his striking to become a much more well-rounded fighter than before. Good thing he hasn't tried pulling a Koscheck and tried to out-strike his opponents. He's fighting smart, which is a very good thing if he gets a title shot.
If he were to get the aforementioned shot, he would be going against the most dominant UFC fighter of all time. And I firmly believe he would win. Takedown defense has never really been Anderson's strong point. He was taken down repeatedly and was dominated for four and a half rounds against Chael Sonnen. Yes, it's true that almost no one is better with takedowns and his top control is second to none.
But Mark Munoz is without a doubt among the very best at both. He's constantly active and he never gives his opponents time to work against him, when he gets on top. It's also hard to think when he's dropping bombs on your face constantly. It doesn't matter how good his striking is, since odds are that Silva will only be standing for the first 20 seconds of each round.
Final Verdict: Munoz by Unanimous Decision (50-44, 50-45, 50-44)
Random fact: Mark Munoz is Anderson's wrestling trainer. I find that somewhat ironic.