Machida will use the tricks I taught him: Munoz
MANILA, Philippines – Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Muñoz expects to be familiar with some of the moves that Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida will use when they fight inside the Octagon at UFC Fight Night this weekend in Manchester, England.
Muñoz and Machida used to train together, and Muñoz told “The MMA Hour” that he has taught Machida a few tricks and expects to see them during their middleweight showdown.
“I do have some insight, to fight the fight the way I want to, and I think he knows that,” said Muñoz. “I think he’s going to use the tricks that I taught him against me.”
Muñoz stressed that he did not teach Machida everything, however.
“Like every other coach and teacher, you have stuff that you can pull out of your sleeves,” he said, adding that he has also learned some things from Machida, a former UFC light-heavyweight champion.
“It goes both ways. I taught him some stuff, and he taught me some stuff,” said Muñoz. “For the most part, we were training together. I brought some insight to wrestling, and he brought some insight to striking.”
“Yeah, it goes both ways, but I feel I taught him more than he taught me,” he added.
A win over Machida will be huge for Muñoz as it will likely bolster his chances of competing for the UFC middleweight belt.
“The Filipino Wrecking Machine” is planning not just on winning but on putting on a show as well.
“It’s going to be a great fight either way,” said Muñoz. “I’m not much of a fighter that is able to kind of have no action. I always want to press the issue.”
“Lyoto waits for someone to come into him. It’s going to be a great fight and I plan on it,” he said.
Muñoz revived his career last July, beating Tim Boetsch via unanimous decision after spending nearly a year on the sidelines following a knockout loss against Chris Weidman.