UFC middleweight Mark Munoz made headlines in the not-too-distant past by equating Michael Bisping’s power to a man with pillows strapped to his fists. However, in reality Munoz has a great deal of appreciation for Bisping’s ability to strike – just not his ability to score one-punch knockouts.
“Fact of the matter is he’s a volume puncher, he needs more than 100 punches to TKO somebody,” said Munoz of his UFC Fight Night 30 foe in an interview with MMAPrime TV. “It doesn’t take that many punches for me to TKO somebody or knock them out. He knows that. He knows I’m coming in with firepower.”
While Munoz hasn’t seen Bisping starch any adversaries, he’s not so naïve as to believe “The Count” can’t render opponents defenseless with the tools stemming from the Brit’s kickboxing background.
“I am,” replied Munoz when asked if he was concerned about Bisping’s stand-up. “We’ve got four-ounce gloves. I’m definitely worried about his punches because he’s a very technical good striker. He is. I’m not gonna say anything bad about him when it comes to his striking.”
Munoz also understands Bisping will be entering the Octagon with bad intentions when they collide on October 26. Not only is the bout important to the immediate future of both men where contendership is concerned in a wide-open division, but Bisping will be looking to win in front of his fellow Englishman for the first time in years.
Regardless of the extra support Bisping receives in his proverbial backyard, Munoz is just as hungry to have his hand raised at the end of the night, exclaiming, “He better train really hard because I’m coming,” while also guaranteeing fans will end up cheering for him based on the battle to come.
Both Bisping and Munoz will be looking to put together a second consecutive victory after suffering disappointing defeats. The 24-5 Bisping was last seen beating Alan Belcher, while Munoz is coming off a successful outpointing of Tim Boetsch.