28-year old middleweight Chris Weidman has quietly positioned himself for a run at receiving a title-shot with a 4-0 record inside the Octagon including wins over Alessio Sakara, Tom Lawlor, and Demian Maia. However, before the unbeaten grappler can lay claim to a share of divisional contendership he’ll have to beat Mark Munoz tomorrow night at UFC on Fuel 4.
Weidman spoke about his match-up with the 12-2 Munoz in an interview with the UFC where he welcomed the challenge of someone’s with the heavy-handed wrestler’s credentials and confidence.
“I think he’s dangerous everywhere,” admitted Weidman of Munoz’s skill-set. “He’s definitely got his ground-and-pound he’s known for, the Donkey Kong punches or whatever, so I don’t want to be getting hit with too many of those. He’s got great wrestling. Supposedly he’s jiu-jitsu is pretty good. His stand-up, he throws hard on his feet.”
“He’s an aggressive guy. He comes from a wrestling background. He’s got a tough mentality. He’s not gonna give up,” the 8-0 Weidman continued. “So it’s gonna be an exciting fight. And I think he’s a confident guy and I want to go against guys who really think they can beat me.”
Though the Serra-Longo student understands the threat Munoz poses he also knows he’s no slouch as evident in the rapidly evolving abilities he’s displayed in each of his outings.
“I think would characterize myself as pretty relentless,” explained Weidman. “I always am pretty much walking forward, moving in every situation. I’m aggressive on the feet. I’m aggressive with the takedowns and on the floor. I’m definitely gonna be looking to finish wherever I go.”
Fans can catch the UFC on Fuel 4 broadcast on Fuel TV at 8:00 PM EST with prelims airing through Facebook starting at 5:30 PM EST.
Check out the full interview with Weidman below including clips of Munoz talking about their match-up as well:
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