Munoz sees tough battle vs 'veteran' Mousasi


Posted at Apr 08 2014 07:55 PM | Updated as of Apr 09 2014 03:55 AM

MANILA – Filipino-American Mark Muñoz sees a difficult fight when he takes on experienced fighter Gegard Mousasi in UFC Fight Night on May 31.

Despite being 8 years younger than Muñoz, Mousasi already has 40 fights under his belt with 34 wins, 4 losses and 2 draws.

The “Filipino Wrecking Machine,” on the other hand, has 13 wins against four defeats with a knockout percentage of 54 percent.

“He's a tough, tough opponent... he's fought the best in UFC, he fought in Dream and Pride and he's been Strikeforce champion. But I love to take on challenges,” said Muñoz in MMA Plus TV

The Muñoz-Mousasi bout will be the main event of UFC Fight Night in Berlin, Germany.

Mousasi believes he enjoys a bit of an advantage over Munoz due to his MMA experience.

“I'm experienced in MMA but this guy’s had so many wrestling competitions, it's still combat sport,” he said referring to Muñoz’s wrestling pedigree. “But of course MMA wise, I have a little advantage in experience.”

Muñoz said he’s been working on his stand-up for the past 6 months since he lost to his friend Lyoto Machida.

He thinks he will have an easier time taking down Mousasi compared to Machida since the Dutch fighter is a more conventional striker.

“It's no secret that I'm gonna take Gegard down, he knows I'm gonna try to take him down... he's fought a lot of tough guys in MMA and he's fighting another tough guy now,” he said.