In a UFC middleweight battle where the two fighters badly needed a win it was Gegard Mousasi who took the honours last Saturday night in Berlin, defeating Mark Munoz by rear naked choke in the very first round.
The fight was very much who could implement their game plan quickest; would Mousasi be able to stand and bang with Munoz, or would 'The Filipino Wrecking Machine drag the Armenian to the ground and land his vicious 'donkey kong' punches?
Mousasi came out and instantly had a stance to stuff the takedowns though, quickly answering the pre-fight hype's most burning question.
This was executed to perfection by the former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion, who had clearly been working on his takedown defence before the fight.
Former collegiate wrestler Munoz struggled to get his opponent down. Mousasi countered one of Munoz's takedown attempts by sprawling, mounted him and used vicious strikes to get the back of the American. From there, he sunk a deep rear naked choke to end the fight after 3:47 of the first round.
It was an extremely impressive victory from Mousasi. he's now 2-1 inside the UFC and after beating newcomer Ilir Latifi and losing to Lyoto Machida, it has taken lots of mounting pressure from him.
As for Munoz, he slips to 1-3 in his last four bouts. Albeit, they are to now champion Chris Weidman, challenger to belt Lyoto Machida and now Mousasi. It may be his role of head coach at Reign Training Centre taking a lot of his time away from preparing correctly for his fights, or simply a case of flaws in his game being brutally exposed at the highest level.
The winner could easily face the winner of the co-main event at UFC Fight Night 41. CB Dolloway has had somewhat of a resurrection lately. He extended his recent record to 4-1, defeating Frenchman Francis Carmont easily by unanimous decision, using his superior wrestling to takedown his opponent and control the fight.
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