Now that an October match-up between UFC middleweights Mark Munoz and Michael Bisping has been confirmed it looks like the trash-talk is officially underway. As might be expected, Bisping fired the first shot, laying in to the typically soft-spoken Munoz on this week’s episode for UFC Tonight where he offered up a number of insults aimed at his adversary.
“He’s a great wrestler, but I think he’s one dimensional,” said Bisping in standard fashion, explaining Munoz’s only legitimate attack involved ground-and-pound. “Anybody who refers to themselves as having a ‘Donkey Kong’ style, I refuse to lose to. I’m far too skilled for him. He’s going to try to take me to the ground and use these stupid punches that he throws.”
“He’s very powerful and I’m not underestimating him. He’s a very accomplished wrestler,” the Brit added before adding a ‘but’ into the mix. “Listen, I’m going to punch him in the face repeatedly and eventually he’s going to fall down. On October 26, I’m going to kick his ass, and no one’s even going to think about him anymore. If they thought he was depressed before, on October 27, the day after the fight, he’s going to be really more depressed then.”
Bisping’s last comment was directed at Munoz’s emotional state after being knocked out by Chris Weidman last year. “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” took the loss so hard he said it sent him into a dark place where he ultimately ate to find comfort, beefing up to more than 260 pounds in the process.
Munoz-Bisping is scheduled to serve as the main event for UFC Fight Night 29 in Manchester, England. Bisping is 24-5 and coming off a decision win over Alan Belcher, while the 13-3 Munoz was last seen scoring a similar victory against Tim Boetsch at UFC 162.