Muñoz promises fireworks vs Weidman

Posted at 07/10/2012 7:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-American middleweight fighter Mark Muñoz expects a tough grind against submission specialist Chris Weidman when they tangle in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on Fuel TV this week.

“You'll see fighters from beginning to end, you've got two top wrestlers going at it,” said Muñoz in UFC.com.

Muñoz, nicknamed the “Filipino Wrecking Machine,” is coming off a second-round stoppage over Chris “The Crippler” Leben last November.

He was supposed to fight middleweight contender Chael Sonnen in UFC on FOX last January, but had to pull out because of an elbow injury.

Now that he’s fully recuperated, the Filipino-American is anxious to fight again.

“We'd like to put on a show so from start to finish I think I can guarantee fireworks,” said Muñoz.

The Munoz-Weidman fight is scheduled to take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).

Weidman, who remains unbeaten in eight fights, sees the bout as big career opportunity.

“This fight I feel will open a lot of opportunities afterwards. So it's huge. I just have to make a statement in this fight,” he said.

BALLS Channel will be airing UFC ON FUEL TV: MUNOZ VS WEIDMAN via satellite on Thursday, July 12 starting at 8:30 a.m.