This Saturday July 6, the UFC is live in Las Vegas for UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman. In a Middleweight fight, Mark Munoz (12-3 MMA; 7-3 UFC) faces Tim Boetsch (16-5 MMA; 7-4 UFC). This is the second fight on the five fight UFC 162 PPV card. The UFC rankings have Munoz as the #8 contender to the Middleweight title, and Boetsch just below him at #10. UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman airs live on PPV this Saturday July 6, with the main PPV card beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT.
With a big Middleweight fight in the main event, this is another important fight in the divisional rankings. These are two remarkably similar fighters in a lot of ways. Both Munoz and Boetsch have come very close to title contention, but both are looking to rebound from a loss that dashed those hopes. Both are heavy-handed strikers and powerful wrestlers. The result here will say a lot about each man's future at 185.
How do these two stack up?
Munoz: 35 years old | 6'0" | 71" reach
Boetsch: 32 years old | 5'11" | 74" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
Mark Munoz brings to the cage a great wrestling background, but he's not one of the most successful fighters at bringing his wrestling skills into the cage. What he is good at is working with a lot of real top end talent to help them improve their own wrestling games. Munoz had a great run in 2011 that saw him knocking on Silva's door, but the KO loss to Weidman last summer stopped that run short. This is his first fight after a year long layoff to heal a broken foot that saw him put on a lot of weight, though he has looked shredded this week. We'll see how the time off has impacted him.
Tim Boetsch had a decent UFC career as a Light Heavyweight, but really started to shine when he made the drop down to Middleweight in 2011. He won 4 straight and, like Munoz, was on the verge of something big when a loss to Costa Philippou stopped him dead in his tracks. That was a tough fight for Boetsch and was his first loss in this division. A very physically strong fighter, Boetsch will have his chance at bouncing back here.
Why should you care?
This is a very interesting fight between two similar fighters. That could result in a great wrestling-centric battle. But, fair warning, it could also result in a Lombard/Boetsch-esque disaster. I don't think it will, but I am prepared.