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Mark Munoz Comes to His Senses, Calls Out Michael Bisping Instead


(“I WAS ONLY KIDDING! RAAAAAWWWRRRR!!!!” Photo via UFC.com)

Mark Munoz‘s post-fight call-out of middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 138 was so unnecessarily beside-the-point that Spike TV didn’t even include it in their tape-delayed broadcast. And you can’t really fault them for that editing decision. Munoz is behind at least two guys on the contender ladder — Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping, provided that the Count can get past Jason Miller in December — and if you’re not going to start your call-out with a memorable line like “Anderson Silva, you absolutely suck,” you’re not going to gain much traction with fans.

So, the Filipino Wrecking Machine has set his sights on smaller, more manageable prey — namely, the aforementioned British heel, Michael Bisping. As Munoz told ESPN:

Michael Bisping is a guy who has proven himself in this sport. He’s a great mixed martial artist. I’d love to fight him, it’d be an honour to fight him just like it was an honour to fight Chris Leben…I’m ready man, whoever they bring I’m ready.”

Now that makes a little more sense. But there’s a catch, of course. If Bisping beats Jason Miller at the TUF 14 Finale, would he even accept a fight against Munoz? Short answer: No. He’d be clamoring for a title shot himself at that point, and wouldn’t want to “take a step backwards,” or risk losing his spot in a dangerous fight against Munoz.

And the alternate scenario — what if Bisping loses to Mayhem? Then, booking Munoz vs. Bisping makes a lot of sense, but would a win over Bisping (who’d be coming off a loss at that point) vault Munoz into the middleweight #1 contender spot? Short answer: Probably not; it kind of depends on who else is available.

There really doesn’t seem to be a simple path for Munoz to get to a title fight in the near future, especially when you consider that he and Jason Miller are training partners, and may not be eager to fight each other. With four straight victories, Munoz is clearly one of the major players at 185. But until the minor logjam at the top of the division sorts itself out, he’s better off keeping his head down and beating whoever they put in front of him.

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XENOPHON- November 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm
@madcowboy
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We can agree on some things...your comment was right on the money.
XENOPHON- November 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm
@Elias,
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Not one bit of reason. The real problem is none of the competition stacks well against Anderson. Either Anderson (decides he is now viewed as flub - like the one-hit wonder bands) and moves up or down in weight, is forced by real management to start fight 3-4 times a year, or he gets some balls, walks from the UFC and starts cleaning out every other champion in all other promotions.
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I think we are all on the same page now...
Elias- November 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm
Is there any, non-marketing reason, why there is absolutely any talk of Michael Bisping being the number one contender? He has three wins in a row, the last one being a dubious one against Jorge Rivera, whereas Munoz has four in a row, his last loss being a close one to Okami, and has a much more accomplished record in the division than Bisping does.
XENOPHON- November 8, 2011 at 12:57 pm
Michael Bisping has gotten to many pushes from split decisions where it was in the interest if Zuffa. He also fails when he has faced top 5 names in his weight class. He might stand his own with the top 10 gate, but so does Kongo with the big dogs.
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Does anyone think Kongo can break up the top 3-4 heavies - likely not. Point is simple, Bisping doesn't have what it takes to threaten Anderson Silva, he is no different from Kongo. If Bisping can get past Mayhem Miller, then that's another of his many Zuffa hyped up fights anyways.
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Munoz has been dazed by other punchers, but he has managed to always recover - with the exception being Hamil's head kick that landed with some luck. Yes, luck as Hamill is never going to be remembered for his kicks.
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Since the Fluffa is almost always about masqueraded hype, don't one of you fools think that Dan Henderson won't fall into the mix soon. Hendo's name does rake in more money than everyone else in that weight class, besides the champ.
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madcowboy- November 8, 2011 at 8:14 am
Munoz your a cool dude, but whatever u were smokin clouded your vision of being able to take on the spider...He would crush you and would be known as the wrecked machine, give stale kale another chance since he was competitive, or Bones Jones or Machida would be a great match for silva. Gsp would get crushed by silva as well as diaz.
MMA_Hole- November 8, 2011 at 7:51 am
In fairness, Bisping never turns down a fight. Ever.

Even when it's probably not been the best thing for his career, if he's asked to fight he steps up. He beat Miller and then Akiyama and then took a fight against Riveria of all people, because The UFC needed a big fight for the Australian card and it was the best option available.

This aspect of Bisping's attitude is precisely why he earns the amount of money he does. Besides, even he said that he didn't think a win over Miller would be enough to warrant a title shot.

I'd be intrigued to know exactly what you're basing your assumption that he wouldn't fight Munoz on. My guess is nothing.

On a side note, I find it amusing that people seem to think Miller is going to beat Bisping. He has a chance and anything can happen but nobody who's kept even the vaguest eye on both men's careers over the past few years should be in any doubt about who the favourite in that fight should be.
texasbadass- November 8, 2011 at 7:31 am
Mark against Chael Sonnen would be AWESOME! Chael wouldn't be able to push around or out wrestle Mark. This would be a war!

Bisping? He blows! The toughest fight he ever had he got put to SLEEP by Hendo. He hasn't fought anybody that great he's been handled with kid gloves by the UFC because he's their ticket to UK gate cash. He doesn't deserve to be ranked top 3.
bescaredhomie- November 8, 2011 at 4:01 am
Nick Diaz will fight A.S. any day of the week.......he could get smashed, like everybody else, but he will do it for sure.
Deal_the_Seal- November 8, 2011 at 12:19 am
J3t - what's your weight and fight experience?
smellypiratehooker- November 7, 2011 at 11:41 pm
The best Bisping will ever be is a gatekeeper...a noble effort
SnackDaddy- November 7, 2011 at 11:35 pm
Listen, as much as you all hate Bisping, it's pretty stupid to say Miller's gonna destroy him. Bisping is a pretty underrated fighter, if u ask me, and he holds the edge over Miller in pretty much all departments, except for wrestling maybe, but then the last time i saw Biosping getting taken down was when he got KTFO by Hendo.
smellypiratehooker- November 7, 2011 at 9:14 pm
@J3T
Every troll knows that there are plenty of chat rooms and forums where they can spew their nonsence. You obviously picked this spot because your enjoying some good free journalism, and have avioding the check by not paying with some apprieciation and respect. You said something on one of your posts that you are laughing harder then anyone, well the differance is that your giggling because you finally have some people paying attention too you, while everyone else is laughing because you have exposed yourself to be such a cumbsy troll that it's kind of pityful.
myklhoey- November 7, 2011 at 8:36 pm
@Drano
It was a funny. reference still
J3t bro fatbelly is gonna track you down and even when he finds out that your a 27 year old boy who feels confused and yet rite in womans clothin he's still gonna give u a wedgy now you may hav enjoyed Jimmy Joe playin with your back door but this gonna hurt.... Agh hay frank this kids a freak I think the more you beatem the more you'll be playin into his fantacy
Pen Fifteen- November 7, 2011 at 8:28 pm
LOL at the guy who claimed Bisping "has been fighting big names in UFC on a consistent basis." Since getting creamed by a Wanderlei Silva who was clearly on his last legs, Bisping has beaten Dan Miller (2-5 in his last 7), Akiyama (1-3 in the UFC and now at 170), and Jorge Rivera. Yeah, that's a regular fucking murderers row. Miller will simply be another above-average notch on Bisping's belt, on his way to a gift-wrapped title shot (Dan Hardy/Patrick Cote anyone?).
Todd M- November 7, 2011 at 8:20 pm
It annoys me that Bisping might get a title shot if he beats Mayhem because he never has to fight the real number one contendor. The UFC have coddled Bisping for a while now since his KO to Hendo and he hasn't had to face ANY of the last 6 contendors to the belt, hell besides getting flattened by Dan Bisping hasn't fought ANYONE that has fought for the MW belt. Okami, Belfort, Sonnen or at least Munoz should be Bispings next matchup to be considered for the belt. Mayhem is a decent fighter and I hope he shit stomps Bisping but this is his first fight back in the UFC which hardly makes this a number one contendor match.
DangadaDang- November 7, 2011 at 7:52 pm
Aaaand dranokills wins for the Sandlot reference.
dranokills- November 7, 2011 at 7:34 pm
J3t Says:

Mon, 11/07/11 - 06:56

Maybe Bisping will accept the challenge like a man and not a cunt like fatbellyfrank
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uh huh, and maybe you will shut the fuck up and go die in the street.
Hey when you get home you wont recognize your mom, I shaved her back and taught her how to walk backwards.
amsterdamheavy- November 7, 2011 at 7:32 pm
@budsellers What filthy, smelly orifice did you pull that shit out about Diaz or GSP going up to 185?
J3t- November 7, 2011 at 6:56 pm
Maybe Bisping will accept the challenge like a man and not a cunt like fatbellyfrank
TheWarsawExpress- November 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm
Yall know Miller v. Bisping was setup to get people to watch TUF. I would love to see Bisping fight Silva. I laughed my head off when Hendo knocked his head off.
budsellers- November 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm
whoever loses in gsp vs diaz will also likely move up to 185 and may deserve a shot more than any of the current top 5 MW's.
budsellers- November 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm
chael will hog up all the air until he gets another shot. munoz should fight okami again. the winner of bisping-miller should fight belcher.
Iskander Neptu- November 7, 2011 at 4:05 pm
This one has Count Pillow Hands via UD written all over it. Shame...
TUF is Mayhem's 15 minutes. He's never beaten anyone relevant.
Likely never will.
Iskander Neptu- November 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm
U r wrong. Miller gets the W on this one.
DQ via simultaneous Spitting-illegal knee-Nut shot.
Miller has the edge in dissjitsu.
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