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.


35 Comments

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    GianGiacommo G

    November 6, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Anderson will anally rape Munoz,STFU Mark,you got lucky Chris could not longer see out of one eye you bum!!!!!

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    jdnextchamp

    November 6, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Calm down Munoz there are plenty of good contenders around you.

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    GoldenBibi

    November 6, 2011 at 2:01 am

    You’re an id!ot… Leben got whooped… Excuses about he couldn’t see with a small cut.. Leben was out of gas, and Munoz was about to TKO him on the third round….So you saying it was luck is just stup!d…

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    Ryan22

    November 6, 2011 at 2:03 am

    munoz wont beat him but hes a great fighter non the less

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    abcdefgh

    November 6, 2011 at 2:23 am

    @Golden is correct. Munoz whipped Leban like a rented mule. Whether he could give Anderson a run depends on what Anderson has learned about defending the shot. People talk about be not being able to defend a triangle…In our fight Anderson got taken down more often than Jenna Jamieson’s pants.

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    Akordas

    November 6, 2011 at 2:23 am

    that was best event this year…

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    ClosetCasey

    November 6, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Reasons this fight will happen.

    1. He’s not Chael Sonnen.

    2. Anderson knows he can beat him.

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    griffin

    November 6, 2011 at 2:26 am

    munoz doesnt have that great of mma wrestling and he does not like to be hit. silva would destroy him. damien maia outstruck him….

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    soiWANNABEafighter

    November 6, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Sucks that it ended this way but man!! the way Leben shakes off those punches, gets up and keeps coming at ya like some kind of a walking dead is awesome to watch!

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    ahhhhhhhhhhhh

    November 6, 2011 at 3:01 am

    munoz trying to takedown silva would be embarassing, maybe with a trip from a clinch, but would not keep him there anyway, i like the guy, i had money on him last night, but no, hes not ready, possibly never will be.
    im hoping they give him the winner of cung vs wandi, hopefully cung

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    HATEOCRACY

    November 6, 2011 at 3:10 am

    3. Munoz can pass a urine test

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    HATEOCRACY

    November 6, 2011 at 3:21 am

    But who had a pair of nuts on his chin like ol Jenna,Champ

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    nokick

    November 6, 2011 at 3:43 am

    i can smell the hate from you through the internet. FYI, Anderson doesn’t do well against wrestle.

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    HATEOCRACY

    November 6, 2011 at 4:33 am

    Top3 Things Chael Fans Love More Than Sonnen Himself

    1. Meth

    2. Their Lower Back Confederate Flag Tattoo

    3. All Male Night Clubs

    Stay tune for the Top 5 Things Chael & his fans hate more than Anderson Silva

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    Bruce Lee

    November 6, 2011 at 4:36 am

    @Hate, if I didn’t know better I would say that Chael has gotten in to your head. Move on man!

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    D

    November 6, 2011 at 4:58 am

    Munoz is the highest ranked contender who has not already fought Anderson. If it was not for Sonnen, he would unquestionably be next in line.

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    D

    November 6, 2011 at 4:59 am

    Demian Maia outstruck him… for 1 round.

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    HATEOCRACY

    November 6, 2011 at 5:24 am

    No disrespect Triple O.G. but mind yours, when Chael fans go on their hateful rants, why you don’t tell them to move on….I’m out before i miss my 9pm movie time & my wife kills me

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    lights_out11

    November 6, 2011 at 6:03 am

    told yall leben gonna get killed and i was right all along!!!!

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    borealis19

    November 6, 2011 at 6:05 am

    Munoz won’t get the title shot. With his wrestling pedigree and ever improving striking game, he’s certainly become one of the top contenders for Silva’s belt. Munoz vs Sonnen would be a good fight, as both have a great momentum and similar skill sets…I still believe that Sonnen should get the title shot, but a Munoz fight would still do in case Silva declines the deal…

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    Bruce Lee

    November 6, 2011 at 6:07 am

    I presume O.G. stands for Old Guy? Why don’t I tell them to move on? Well, I often do. Being the old guy I’m often saying “c’mon guys, can’t we all just get along?”

    What movie did you watch?

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    ClosetCasey

    November 6, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Why all the references to confederate flags and hate. This isn’t a race issue if that’s what you’re insinuating. If Anderson’s the best ever, then he needs to prove it with a dominant win over Chael. Dana White even said that Anderson doesn’t want to fight Chael again, and Dana hypes Anderson like no one else.

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    japanegro23

    November 6, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Agree with griffin. Munoz isn’t that great of a wrestler. He definitely isn’t better than Chael in that area but if he did happen to get AS down, that ground and pound is unlike any other in that division. Damn he is something serious with his hands while on the ground!

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    postmortem

    November 6, 2011 at 6:54 am

    seems like people forget that silva brought munoz in to help him with his wrestling it is safe to say that they both sparred together maybe munoz knows he can take silva down easily

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    postmortem

    November 6, 2011 at 6:57 am

    top things a idiot says when he has nothing relevant to say A he starts calling people racist B he starts call people fags. grow up dude

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    ClosetCasey

    November 6, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Yeah, BruceLee’s like the Lowkick mom. He’ll backhand you for a smart remark and 30 minutes later he’ll bake you some cookies !!!

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    Nemesis

    November 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    How does dana white hype anderson? He wanted to fire him not long ago.

    And it’s cool for certain kinds of guys to have tramp stamps now, ESPECIALLY if it’s a confederate flag.

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    Nemesis

    November 6, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Damn….if only there were some way that munoz could acquire sonnens radical….almost UNNATURAL talent without having to be castrated…

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    Fluidity

    November 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    That was no lay n pray. That was a great and brutal performance from Munoz. And Leben could perfectly see once the blood was wiped off his eye, he just quit. Which surprised me a lot from him.
    Munoz is an excellent fighter and i would LOVE to see him up against Sonnen.

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    jdnextchamp

    November 6, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    That’s your opinion but in my mind the winner Bisping/Miller and Brian Stann are abose Munoz.

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    jdnextchamp

    November 6, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Well if Maia was able to outstrike him for 1/3 round of the fight anderson would outstrike him for 4.9/5.

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    jdnextchamp

    November 6, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    First of all Munoz’ ground game is not that good. Chael’s wrestling is definitely on another level and Munoz doesn’t have great submission skills.
    Plus, munoz’ standup is far from anderson’s

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    GianGiacommo G

    November 6, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    I love the hate from your comments you fools,love it!!!!! weak this comment 1,0000000 times,can’t get enough of it!!!!!!!!!!!

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    D

    November 7, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Unfortunately for you, my opinion is shared by the majority of MMA fans.

    Munoz is #5 on Lowkick and #4 on ESPN
    Bisping is is #6 on Lowkick and #6 on ESPN
    Stann is #7 on Lowkick and unranked on ESPN
    Miller is #10 on Lowkick and unranked on ESPN

    Stann just lost and Miller has yet to fight in the UFC. You cannot make a reasonable case for either of those guys to get a title shot.

    You could make a case for Bisping I suppose, but he is a striker who likes to use his speed and technique to pick his opponents apart. Who really thinks that’s going to work against Silva? Show of hands. Anyone? Anyone? I didn’t think so.

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    chael4president1

    November 7, 2011 at 4:19 am

    i think it’s funny that people talk about this guy not really being Chael Sonnen. As if anyone would have believed it anyway. But his last comment would be the biggest proof that he isn’t Sonnn. Chael would never make fun of Leben that way right after his loss. Considering they are long time friends and training partners.

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