Mark Munoz and Tim Boetsch. Photo taken from Boom Gonzalez's Twitter account
MANILA, Philippines – Fresh off a successful return bout at UFC 162, Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Muñoz is aiming high as he targets new UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman.
Muñoz, returning after nearly a year out of action, dominated Tim Boetsch in the last two rounds en route to a unanimous decision victory, his first win since 2011.
Weidman, who beat Muñoz last year, pulled off a stunning upset in the main event as he knocked out longtime champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva to become the new title-holder.
Speaking to UFC on FUEL TV following the bout, Muñoz said he is targeting a rematch against Weidman, this time with the title on the line.
“I wasn’t myself in that fight,” Muñoz said, referring to his July 2012 clash against Weidman that saw the Filipino fighter get knocked out in the second round.
“I’ll chalk it up not as a loss, but a learning experience. Now I’m back, and I’ll be more than happy to fight him again,” he added.
Muñoz was impressive against Boetsch, taking control of the fight in the second round after a close opening frame. He used his ground and pound game and battered Boetsch’s body, although he was unable to get a knockout.
“He’s a tough opponent, he’s very resilient,” Muñoz said. “I knew I really had to pour it on. I was hitting him so hard, I really was, but that’s just a testament of who he is. He’s very tough.”
Muñoz revealed that he hurt his right hand in the third round while pounding on Boetsch, and was forced to switch to his left.
“I was trying to knock him out,” he said, adding that he hopes his right hand is not broken.