Mark Munoz knows he will be making history when he steps inside the Octagon this Saturday against Chris Leben at UFC 138. That’s because Munoz-Leben will be the first non-title fight, five-round main event in UFC history.
UFC 138 will be broadcast via tape-delay in the U.S. on Spike TV. The event takes place from the LG Arena in Birmingham, England.
Munoz (11-2) has rebounded from a split decision loss to Yushin Okami to win three straight fights. He knows that Leben will provide one of the strongest tests he’s ever faced inside the Octagon.
“He’s (Leben) proved himself time and again, he’s fought the best, he’s a fan favorite,” said Munoz, on a recent ESPN Podcast. “Everybody knows Chris Leben, but people will know me after this fight.”
The former Oklahoma State University wrestling standout also knows what a win over Leben could do for his career, as Okami’s next fight after defeating Munoz put him in a match with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
“It definitely gets me a step closer to being a world champion,” Munoz said. “A win stamps my right to be vying for a world championship.”