Munoz confident to stand and bang with Leben

by Guilherme Cruz | source:

Which was the main focus on your preparation? In which area did you focus the most?

I felt like my weakness was striking, and so I always tell everybody that if you work on your weaknesses and make them your strength, you don’t have any weakness. So, I work on my striking a lot. My striking actually has gone to the point where I’m very good now. I know I can get a powerful punch and I know I have a lot of power in my strike, so I’m gonna use that, definitely in my fights to come and I’m definitely gonna need my Wrestling and all the other things about my game.

In your last fight Demian Maia fit some good punches on you. Can we expect you avoiding the striking game with Leben and working for the takedowns the entire fight, or do you think you’re ready to strike?

You know, I’m ready wherever the fight goes against Chris Leben. I’m a wrestler, so I’m gonna try to take him down, and I think he knows that, but at the same time I’m confident with my striking as well. So, I’ve proven myself to be a good mixed martial artist and you gonna see a mixed martial artist in there, no matter if it’s on the feet or on the ground, you gonna see good aspects of both on my feet or on the ground. Yeah, I’m being more of a complete fighter now.

You train with Wanderlei Silva, Leben’s last opponent. Is that a different feeling coming into this fight after what he did to Wanderlei?

It’s always a pleasure to train with Wanderlei. He’s a legend in the sport and he’ll always be. I like to pick his trainings and set a strategy coming into this fight with Chris Leben. I’m actually gonna train with him tomorrow and we’re talking about that too. So yeah, I don’t think it’s a different feeling, I guess it’s something in my advantage to fight him. I’m excited about that.

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Authority Figure site profile image  

10/23/11 12:40 PM by Authority Figure

This should be an easy, albeit boring, win for Munoz.

Hungry4Stink site profile image  

10/23/11 12:14 PM by Hungry4Stink

At least UG News is just parroting Tatame this time instead of making up misleading headlines. But yeah, Munoz doesn't say he plans on standing and banging with Leben. Mark basically says he's going to take Leben down and mentions wrestling over and over in the article.

GriffinQ site profile image  

10/23/11 11:58 AM by GriffinQ

 I like Munoz, he seems like a cool dude, but UG News on November 6th is going to read: Munoz KO'ed by Leben in 1st round.

BuyTheTicketTakeTheRide site profile image  

10/23/11 11:58 AM by BuyTheTicketTakeTheRide

Would be a pretty dumb move...

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10/23/11 11:57 AM by vandelay


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10/23/11 11:56 AM by NorthFromHere


ZombieAutoPilot site profile image  

10/23/11 11:56 AM by ZombieAutoPilot

he is pulling a koschek vs daly... or a rumble vs hardy... he is gonna shoot doubles all day

myee8 site profile image  

10/23/11 11:54 AM by myee8

I call bullshit, we all know Munoz will try for a takedown and gnp and won't trade with leben lest he go all hulk...

AlexanderTheGreatJJ site profile image  

10/23/11 11:54 AM by AlexanderTheGreatJJ

Why does every fight now someone have to say "stand and Bang". Nothing sounds dumber.

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10/23/11 11:52 AM by ZombieAutoPilot

leben by ko.