Earlier this week, Mark Munoz was detained by airport security as he was preparing to enter Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada for tonight’s contest at UFC 131. As they were sifting through the Filipino-American’s belongings, they must have noticed the bombs he was hiding inside of his fists – figuratively speaking, of course.
It didn’t take long for staffers to realize MMA’s Mr. Nice Guy was as far from being a threat as one could be, unless you’re middleweight Demian Maia. What may have initially raised the red flag was the fact Munoz is packing heat in his hands to fight a grappling guru. That’s because he intends to lay the lumber from any and all angles.
“Maia is very good on the ground, but nobody has really seen my ground game, either,” Munoz told 5thRound. “Not to say I’m gonna challenge him on the ground, but I feel comfortable wherever the fight is. I got a lot of guys that I’m training with and I feel a lot more comfortable.”
In addition to practicing with BJJ ace Fabricio Werdum, Munoz recruited the likes of Ryron and Rener Gracie to ensure he was thoroughly schooled in the grappling game. At the end of the day, “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” understands that knowledge is power.
“The only things I get caught with are things I don’t know about, things I haven’t seen before,” Munoz admitted. “I feel like I’ve seen a lot and I get in situations where I know what’s coming. At the same time, I know a fight’s a fight and you might get caught with something.
“If he wants to take me down, keep it up standing, that’s fine. If I want to take him down, I’ll take him down. Regardless of where the fight’s at, you’re gonna be some bombs flying.”
Thankfully for Munoz, his haymakers cleared customs.