This should be a good main event that I expect going all five rounds. You have Munoz, who is a name, but really needs a win right now. On the other hand, you Mousasi, who is just out of the top ten and could make a big splash in the UFC rankings with a win over Munoz. Either way, styles make fights and this one lives up to that belief.
#7 Mark Munoz (13-4) He has 6 knockouts, 1 submission and 6 decision victories in his MMA career, he has been knocked out 3 times. He made his UFC debut way back in 2009 against Matt Hamill which he lost via KO at UFC 96 – Jackson vs. Jardine. Later in his career, he had a three fight win streak over Nick Catone, Ryan Jensen and Kendall Grove. In his last seven fights he is 5-2. In his last four fights he has a 2-2 record. He beat Chris Leben via knockout at UFC 138 – Leben vs. Munoz on Nov / 05 / 2011, but then lost to Chris Weidman via knockout at UFC on Fuel TV 4 – Munoz vs. Weidman on Jul / 11 / 2012. He got a win over Tim Boetsch via unanimous decision at UFC 162 – Silva vs. Weidman on Jul / 06 / 2013, but then in his last fight he lost to Lyoto Machida via knockout at UFC Fight Night – Machida vs. Munoz on Oct / 26 / 2013.
#11 Gegard Mousasi (34-4) He has 18 knockouts, 11 submissions and 5 decision victories, while he has never been knocked out, but submitted twice and lost by decision twice. He won his first two MMA fights, both by knockout. While in Pride he had a record of 2-1. He had six Strikeforce fights which he won two of those by knockout. He did lose to Muhammed Lawal AKA King Mo by unanimous decision in Apr / 17 / 2010. Prior to making his UFC debut he was on a three fight winning streak with wins over Hiroshi Izumi via TKO in 2011. He beat Ovince St. Preux via unanimous decision at Strikeforce – Melendez vs. Masvidal on Dec / 17 / 2011 and then Mike Kyle via rear naked choke at Strikeforce – Marquardt vs. Saffiedine on Jan / 12 / 2013. He made his UFC debut against Ilir Latifi which he won via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night – Machida vs. Mousasi on Feb / 15 / 2014, but in his last fight he lost to Lyoto Machida via unanimous decision at UFC on Fuel TV 9 – Mousasi vs. Latifi on Apr / 06 / 2013.
Knockouts: Mousasi has more knockout wins just slightly with 56% over Munoz who has 54%.
Submissions: Mousasi has 29% submission rate while Munoz has 0%.
Decisions: Munoz has gone the distance more with 46% decision victories while Mousasi has only 15%. It should be noted that Mousasi has more fights that Munoz.
Striking: Mousasi lands 6.5 strikes per minute compared to Munoz who has 3.35. Munoz is a more accurate striker with 51% compared to Mousasi, who has 49%. The most compelling, striking comparison is defense. Munoz takes two punches per minute compared to Mousasi, who has one. Also Mousasi avoids more strikes with 72% compared to Munoz, who has only 58%.
Grappling: Munoz wants this fight to go to the ground, he has two and half takedown average compared to Mousasi who has one and a half. When Mousasi wants to take you down, he can, he has 58% takedown accuracy compared to Munoz who has 26%. Munoz has a better takedown defense with 58% compared to Mousasi, who has 51%. Finally Mousasi has 1.39 submission average compared to Munoz, who has 0.64.
Final Verdict: This is a very clear and simple fight, if Mousasi can keep it standing then he should dominate. Munoz needs to make this a wrestling match and try to go the distance. On paper Mousasi has a huge advantage over Munoz in this fight.
All stats are from UFC.com. What do you think? Let me know in the comment area below.
UFC Fight Night 41: Munoz Vs. Mousasi goes down this Saturday afternoon on the UFC Fight Pass. MMA Frenzy will have the latest news leading up to, during and after the event, as well as having the latest and greatest live play-by-play coverage of the event. From the first fight of the prelim side of the card to the main event fight on Fight Pass Keep it locked on MMA Frenzy. The headlining fight is Mark Munoz vs. Gegard Mousasi, the co-main event is C.B. Dollaway vs. Francis Carmont. The event airs from Berlin, Germany at the O2 World Berlin. The show starts with a heavyweight fight between Viktor Pesta vs. Ruslan Magomedov at 12:30.PM.ET.