UFC middleweight contenders Mark Muñoz and Chael Sonnen will fight early next year to determine the next challenger to Anderson Silva’s championship belt, for the first time in the Octagon, but not in competition.
Sonnen and Muñoz have tangled before, during their collegiate wrestling days, with Muñoz reportedly getting the upper hand. As a result of their shared history, Muñoz believes that, like Brian Stann, he’ll be spared Sonnen’s common pre-fight vitriol.
“Me and Chael, we actually go way back,” Muñoz recently told TheScoreTV. “We’ve got respect for each other and I don’t think he’s gonna talk trash, really. Despite what everybody thinks, Chael’s a good guy. We’re managed by the same manager, management team, so, we’re actually real cordial with one another.”
Muñoz added that “about ninety-nine percent” of what the public sees from Chael Sonnen is simply him trying to sell fights.
Despite Sonnen’s tendency toward theatrics, Muñoz knows that he’s as dangerous a competitor as there exists in the 185lbs. division and that he’s got his work cut out for him in the outspoken Oregonian.
“It’s gonna be a tough fight. No matter how you slice it, it’s gonna be a tough fight,” he said. “I know Chael’s gonna bring it, I’m gonna bring it too and we’re gonna see the best man win.”
Muñoz and Sonnen will square off at UFC on Fox 2, which takes place on January 28 at the United Center in Chicago.