Machida believes that a win over Munoz is a step quicker towards the middleweight ranks
Lyoto Machida knows that he will benefit more with a win over Mark Munoz
Lyoto Machida, who was initially booked to face Tim Kennedy says that he accepted the offer to fight Mark Munoz to please his promotion. Munoz is ranked in the upper parts of the division while Kennedy is just about to make his second appearance in the octagon. The former light heavyweight champ believes that he will benefit more from a win over Munoz.
“I thought for a while about it, but I didn’t want to disappoint and frustrate the UFC.” says Machida. “The date wasn’t that bad. I was already training hard for my fight, so I decided to take it. They were both main events, but this is a better one because Mark Munoz is better ranked and it’s not a Fight for the Troops card.”
Munoz, who has a UFC record of 8 – 3 is considerably heavy handed compared to Kennedy. The Filipino Wrecking Machine scored 4 knockouts in the octagon while Kennedy had only 5 knockouts in his entire career. He scored his latest knockout almost six years ago. However, Machida believes that the two have similarities in their style.
“They’re not that different,” he said. “They both have similar styles, but Tim Kennedy likes to go for the takedown from the body lock and Munoz moves more. But they basically have similar styles.”
One important factor coming into the fight is that Machida and Munoz used to train with each other. It would play a significant part since both fighters knows what to expect from one another.
“We were training together so that’s a little complicated, but that’s inevitable here in California. We always look for better training so we ended up training together. It’s complicated, but it’s tough for both of us. I’ve learned some things from his game, but he did too.”
Machida has another dilemma coming into the division. His close friend, former middleweight king Anderson Silva is also competing at 185. A fight between them would be inevitable although Silva stated earlier that he would rather retire than face his friend.
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