Wrestlers never pick against wrestlers. Especially, one they
went to college with.
There’s a brotherhood among wrestlers that’s thicker
than blood. And, 2x US Olympic freestyle wrestler turned undefeated
UFC heavyweight Daniel Cormier exhibits that by picking “The
Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz to win against former
UFC light-heavyweight champ Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida.
Did anyone really think Cormier was going to pick against a fellow
OSU Cowboy? C’mon!
On October 26th live on FOX Sports 2 in
Manchester, England, Machida will make his middleweight debut
against Munoz aka the 2001 NCAA Division I National Champion
wrestler from Oklahoma State University. The main card is filled
with exciting fights like Octagon veteran Melvin Guillard vs. The
Ultimate Fighter 9 winner Ross Pearson and a big-time tangle
between light-heavyweights Jimi Manuwa vs. Ryan Jimmo.
As for Cormier’s FOX Sports correspondent, Kenny Florian
chose the enigmatic striker Machida to take the headlining 5 round
struggle. Maybe that’s a BJJ blackbelt sticking with another
It’s an interesting dynamic between Machida and Munoz as a
clash of styles, but, more so, the two have trained together in the
past. What will those previous training sessions prove these couple
years removed while inside the Octagon? Will the striker be able to
time the wrestler’s shots better or vice versa? Not to be
forgotten, Munoz has knockout power in his hands and Machida is
versatile as a submission fighter on the ground.
As for the rest of the card, Cormier and “KenFlo”
are in agreement with Pearson, Manuwa, Alessio Sakara over UFC
debuting Nicholas Musoke, and #5 ranked flyweight John Lineker over
Phil Harris. The lone dispute among these undercard fights is
Cormier picking TUF: The Smashes winner Norman Parke, whereas
Florian chose the undefeated Guamanian lightweight Jon Tuck.