MANILA, Philippines – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Muñoz believes middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva is in for a tough time in his title defense against Chris Weidman.
Silva, who has held the UFC middleweight belt since 2006, is defending his championship for the 11th time in the main event of UFC 162 on July 6 in Las Vegas.
Muñoz gave his thoughts on the match in an interview with MMA Fighting.
“We all know that Anderson has trouble with wrestlers, and Weidman is a very good wrestler,” said Muñoz.
Silva has shown some vulnerability against strong wrestlers, particularly against Chael Sonnen, who nearly defeated the Brazilian legend when they fought in August 2010 before being submitted.
“(Weidman) possesses a lot of the strengths to be able to give Anderson a great fight… Anderson is going to have his hands full,” Muñoz predicted.
“Weidman is very good at setting up his shots, and Weidman is very good on the ground. I think if Anderson is on his back, he’s going to have a long night,” he added.
The key to victory for Silva will be his movement, according to Muñoz.
“For Anderson, he can’t stand still. He has to use his movement… When Anderson is moving, he’s the best,” said Muñoz. “If he strikes the way he can strike, he’ll have his way with Weidman.”
Silva is considered as one of the best strikers in mixed martial arts, and holds the record for significant strike accuracy in the UFC, connecting on a stunning 67.8% of his significant strikes.
Muñoz will also see action at UFC 162, as he takes on Tim Boetsch in the undercard of the pay-per-view.