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UFC Fight Night – Mousasi Bounces Back With Win Over Muñoz

June 2, 2014

Gegard Mousasi weathered Mark Muñoz’s early offensive roll en route to a first round win in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Berlin, Germany last weekend.

Both men were looking to bounce back from the losses to current middleweight contender Lyoto Machida. Muñoz made his intention clear from the get go by scoring an early takedown. With the former NCAA Division I national champion wrestler imposing his ground skills, Mousasi coolly kept his composure and eventually was able to get the fight back on both feet.

The Dutch-Armenian then turned up the pressure and immediately pounced on his opponent’s mistake. Muñoz tried for a single-leg takedown, but Mousasi countered by taking his back and locking in a rear-naked choke a minute before the end of the first round.

Muñoz went on the offensive early, but couldn’t keep it up.

With his injuries and having lost thrice in his last four fights, the setback in Berlin only complicates things for Muñoz. In addition, the Filipino Wrecking Machine is already 36-years-old, which only means that age might catch up on him soon.

Prior to his move to UFC, Mousasi was one of the highly regarded and sought-after competitors. After dominating an overmatched Ilir Latifi in his debut, the Armenian Assassin absorbed a crushing defeat to Machida. The win over Munoz may not guarantee Mousasi a title shot, but it lines him up for match against a top-tier opponent Jacare Souza or Luke Rockhold.

Mousasi applies the match-winning hold, focing Muñoz to submit.

Mousasi applies the match-winning hold, forcing Muñoz to submit.

Or maybe against the winner of the other middleweight that happened earlier. C.B. Dollaway sneaked in timely hits to stifle Francis Carmont and score a unanimous decision win.

Save for the loss against Tim Boetsch in UFC 166, the Doberman has been impressive in the past the two years, racking up four wins in five fights. Putting his ground game and emerging striking – the latter in wonderful display last March when he knocked out Cezar Ferreira in just 39 seconds – Dollaway kept Carmont at bay to hand the Frenchman his second straight defeat.

C.B. Dollaway’s win over Francis Carmont will surely line him up for a match against named opponents.

Like Munoz, Dollaway was a standout collegiate wrestler. But Dollaway’s striking skills puts him in a better position if he eventually goes up against Mousasi.

Here are the results from last weekend’s UFC Fight Night:

• Gegard Mousasi def. Mark Muñoz (Sub, 1R 3:57)
• C.B. Dollaway def. Francis Carmont (UD)
• Sean Strickland def. Luke Barnatt (SD)
• Niklas Backstrom def. Tom Niinimaki (Sub, 1R 4:15)
• Nick Hein def. Drew Dober (UD)
• Magnus Cedenblad def. Krzysztof Jotko (Sub, 2R 4:59)
• Iuri Alcantara def. Vaughan Lee (KO, 1R 0:25)
• Peter Sobotta def. Pawel Pawlak (UD)
• Maximo Blanco def. Andy Ogle (UD)
• Ruslan Magomedov def. Viktor Pesta (UD)