Gegard Mousasi (34-4-2) and Mark Muñoz (13-4-0) are connected by the sad fact they both lost to Lyoto Machida and were the Brazilian’s last two opponents. They will have a chance for redemption when they meet each other this Sunday, June 1 (Saturday, May 31 CET) in Berlin, Germany.
Current moneyline odds at Bodog Sportsbook have Mousasi at 1.32 odds and Muñoz at 3.43 odds.
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Muñoz was the first to fall to Machida, getting knocked out by the Brazilian with a vicious head kick in the first round. On the other hand, Mousasi gave Machida a better challenge, hanging on until the final bell before losing via unanimous decision.
Between the two, Muñoz has more to lose in this fight. Since dominating Chris Leben, his performance has been a rollercoaster. “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” would suffer a humbling loss the next fight when he ran into Chris Weidman’s flurry of hits. A unanimous decision win over Tim Boetsch followed before he got himself knocked out again by Machida.
Mousasi was riding a seven-fight undefeated streak – six of them wins – before succumbing to Machida last February. The Dutch has never been knocked out but, conversely, had shown in the past a knack for a knockout finish – which is a déjà vu for his opponent this weekend.
Muñoz puts his amateur wrestling background into play whenever he is in the octagon. While his smothering approach has helped him win, it also shows his weak side – he is susceptible to getting hit when he is forced brawl. This puts him in a disparaging position against a well-rounded fighter in Mousasi.
Muñoz is in the same scenario like when he met Leben nearly three years ago. Can he buck the odds once more and stun a favored opponent? Or will Mousasi regain his groove and get himself back on track for a title shot? Make that bet now at Bodog Sportsbook and let’s find out this weekend!