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UFC 138: Mark Munoz defeats Chris Leben, calls out Anderson Silva
The Pilipino Wrecking Machine Mark Munoz extended his streak in the UFC Middleweight division to four, this time defeating Chris Leben via TKO (Cut) in the main event of UFC 138 in Birmingham, England.
As expected, Leben and Munoz went toe-to-toe during the first two rounds, with both fighters having their moments. Leben displayed improved ground game and a highly effective clinch, not allowing Mark Munoz to execute his wrestling gameplan for this fight.
However, things drastically changed for Chris Leben in Round 2. Mark Munoz became more effective with his ground and pound, making it hard for the already gassed-out (or not) Chris Leben to keep the fight standing. In a turning point of the fight, Mark Munoz unleashed a powerful right hook from the top on Leben’s left eye. Munoz added more punches on the same spot, as a nasty cut appeared above Leben’s left eye.
After a minute or so of bloodbath, the referee called “time” to check Chris Leben‘s cut. To the question “can you see with your left eye?” Chris Leben answered with a clear “no”, however, when the referee asked “tell me if you can see or I will stop the fight” Leben answered “yes”.
Leben carried on with the fight, but it was very clear that “The Crippler” is unable to continue. Round 2 ended, as a cageside doctor and Leben’s cornermen unanimously decided to stop this fight via TKO (Corner Stoppage/Cut).
In his post-fight interview, Mark Munoz decided to get himself into the mix for a shot at the UFC Middleweight title. Munoz related to Anderson Silva, who he considers a good friend, declaring “I paid my dues in the UFC’s 185lbs weight class”, claiming he’s more than ready to challenge “The Spider” for his UFC Middleweight title.
PWM might be a little bit behind the other contenders in the UFC Middleweight division, such as Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort and the winner of December’s clash between TUF 14 coaches Michael Bisping and Jason Miller. Cung Le faces Wanderlei Silva at UFC 139 on Nov. 19th, in what could determine the identity of Munoz’s next opponent.
Mark Munoz improved his MMA record to 12-2.