Munoz ready to fight friend

At Manchester’s UFC Fight Night, it will be the second
time “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” will take the
headlining role for an England event as Mark Munoz is set to tangle
former UFC light-heavyweight champion Lyoto “The
Dragon” Machida.

It’s been two years since he last fought across the pond
at UFC 138 in Birmingham where Munoz TKOed hard-headed Chris Leben.
But before Munoz can enter the Octagon, he answered a few questions
from FOX UFC Insider Gareth A. Davies.

Obviously, the first subject had to be the noted friendship
between main event opponents Munoz and Machida. “It’s
going to be a good fight,” tells Munoz who trained regularly
with Machida at Black House MMA and, actually, was training with
him two days prior to Machida finding out he was replacing an
injured Michael Bisping. “Regardless of whether he’s my
friend or not, he’s a very good competitor. He’s a very
good fighter.”

As both are professional fighters and this bout is far from
personal, Machida and Munoz are planning to have dinner after their
possible 5 round rumble. The caveat, the loser chooses where to eat
and the winner pays for dinner. In a previous interview, Machida
told Davies he would be paying to which Munoz replies,
“(laughs) I don’t know about that. I’m already
saving funds to pay for dinner.”

Lastly, the former NCAA Division I National Champion
wrestler’s weightcut was reported to be his best ever with
the middleweight only needing to cut a small 5 pounds. “I
attribute it to the diet I have,” states Munoz who follows
the Sunfare diet and credits that as well as the help of his new
sponsor Xyience to his remarkable physique. “They’ve
put in a massive amount of time and all of their efforts into me.
Also, Lunarpages, they come out and help me out as well. If I
didn’t have their support and the Sunfare diet – it would be
impossible.”