Anderson Silva claims he’s not interested in an immediate rematch with the man who abruptly ended his seven-year reign as UFC middleweight champion. If “The Spider” truly wants nothing to do with a sequel against Chris Weidman, Mark Munoz (pictured) is more than willing to tango with Weidman again.
However, “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” promises to show Weidman the REAL Mark Munoz the next time around.
“I just want to say, if Anderson doesn’t fight Chris, I would love to step in,” Munoz stated at Saturday’s UFC 162 post-fight press conference. “This was the real Mark Munoz tonight. When I fought Chris, I actually had some adversity fighting him. I would really love a rematch with him if [Silva] doesn’t take it.”
Munoz underwent elbow surgery that forced him to ride the pine for eight months prior to getting TKO’d by Weidman. The middleweight later revealed he was hampered by a stress fracture in his foot that played a significant part in last July’s poor performance.
Following a much talked about case of depression, followed by nonstop food consumption, the 35-year-old decided to take his career by the horns and lost over 60 pounds in five months.
The product of his dedication and hard work was on full display inside the Octagon this weekend, as he dominated Tim Boetsch to notch his fifth win in six outings.
“It feels amazing to be back,” Munoz added. “I went through a lot of stuff, and I’d just say that adversity is the dust that polishes the diamond. It was my time to shine tonight, and I did. I love being in there, it felt like home. It really did. The stuff I went through is the stuff I think a lot of people go through, and I was just vocal about it. Now, I’m past it.
“It made me a better person and now I’m here, and now I’m here to stay.”