The recently announced match-up between Michael Bisping and Tim Boetsch caught a number of people off-guard with the bout essentially coming of the blue save for some minor lobbying on the part of Boetsch. One of the folks who found himself amongst those who were surprised was UFC middleweight Mark Munoz, a highly-touted challenger who is currently sidelined until the summer due to elbow surgery.
As a matter of fact, Munoz though he was in line for a bout with Bisping as a means of determining an uncontested top contender. Instead, “The Count” will now face Boetsch on July 7 at UFC 148. Interestingly enough, that’s the same month Munoz expects to be ready to fight.
“It was surprising to me. I thought we were on a collision course. I know there are a lot of people in the general public that wanted us to fight,” said Munoz of the failure to match him up with Bisping in an interview with ESPN. “I would have loved to fight Bisping just because he’s a bigger name and I match up well with him. But hey, he’s fighting Boetsch and he’s got his hands full. That’s a real intriguing fight. We’ll see what happens.”
With Bisping out of the picture Munoz isn’t certain who he’ll face with most of his peers already booked for fights. With that being the case, “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” says he’ll gladly wait for the winner of Anderson Silva’s planned title-defense against Chael Sonnen in June.
“I feel that I deserve a title shot,” explained Munoz. “I feel I’ve done everything I possibly can do to get that shot. That’s what I want to fight for. That’s what I want.”
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