Posted 06/02/2014 by Mike Fagan in Untethered MMA
 
 

UFC Fight Night 41: Mark Munoz vs. Gegard Mousasi Review

There’s still a tendency to judge a UFC fight card based on the pre-Fox/Fight Pass era. Everything needs to be stacked (appropriately to the medium), and if it’s not then it sucks and what kind of masochist would sit and watch this pile of elephant turd? In reality, though, this Berlin show is probably what an average-to-good Fight Pass card should look like. Gegard Mousasi and Mark Munoz is a solid main event (there are arguments that they’re wasting Mousasi on a Fight Pass card, but imagine this show with, say, CB Dollaway and Francis Carmont headlining; we wouldn’t hear the end of it), the undercard is OK with a couple of mid-level prospects, and even the prelims had a ranked fighter plus the Maximo Blanco enigma. Oh, it was also limited to ten fights, which would have been perfect if the UFC didn’t have another 12 on tap immediately after.

DON’T WAKE THE SLEEPING MOOSE-ASI

Gegard Mousasi needed less than four minutes to beat up Mark Munoz and finish him with a rear-naked choke. This, apparently, shocked the people on my Twitter. This should not have shocked the people on my Twitter.

Mark Munoz isn’t very good. He’s bad. He’s not bad in a Tiki Ghosn sort of way. He’s bad for a guy that’s been perennially ranked in or near the top ten. Let’s not forget that after starting 5-0, Matt Hamill blasted him with the one of the more awkward head kick knockouts in UFC history. Munoz dropped down to middleweight and rebounded OK, but his victories maxed out against Demian Maia (now a welterweight), Tim Boetsch (same boat as Munoz), and CB Dollaway (also in the same boat as Munoz, too). Again, that’s not bad bad, but maybe doesn’t necessitate the number-seven ranking coming in to the fight.

As bad as Munoz is, we’ve known how good Mousasi is. He hasn’t had as many shots against elite competition as Munoz, but he’s dominated lesser opposition for years. His two losses since Pride’s collapse have come to Mo Lawal (at light heavyweight, and probably a fight he would win handedly today) and Lyoto Machida. He took Machida five rounds, which probably doesn’t impress a lot of mouth breathers out there, but Machida finished in three of his last four wins heading in to that fight, and while Machida proved his superiority, Mousasi never looked completely outclassed. So, let’s not be completely surprised that Mousasi looked far superior than Munoz, hm?

Mousasi refused to call anyone out in his post-fight interview, but figured he’d fight someone like Tim Kennedy or Luke Rockhold next. Which is only logical. Mousasi will probably slot into Munoz’s number-seven spot, which leaves Kennedy and Rockhold in the two spots ahead of him. There’s also a potential rematch with “Jacare” Souza as well. Past that, though, Machida is fighting Weidman in a month, Vitor Belfort is now fighting Chael Sonnen to fight the winner of Weidman-Machida, and Anderson Silva is still out until the end of the year, and a fight with Mousasi doesn’t really make sense for either guy unless they think Mousasi is the next “guy” and want Anderson to put him over.

As for Munoz, he’s now relegated into full gatekeeper duty, unless he up and retires. He wouldn’t be a bad option for Yoel Romero, either.

DOLLAWAY? MORE LIKE DOLLA-MEH, AMIRITE?

Mark Munoz was pretty bad for a ranked fighter. Francis Carmont might be the worst ranked fighter in recent memory. CB Dollaway beat him, and that may propel him into the top ten, but probably definitely into the top fifteen.

And CB Dollaway has been perfectly mediocre throughout his career. He lost an Ultimate Fighter Finale to Amir Sadollah, who seems to have fallen off the face of the earth. He’s also lost to Tom Lawlor and Jared Hamman, and his signature win is probably, I don’t know, Jason Miller (because Jason Miller has a name)? Or maybe Jay Silva (because Silva is a popular MMA last name)?

Dollaway is also 30, which as anyone who follows my work knows, means he’s about to expire from this earth forever.

BLANK CANVAS

You may have noticed the canvas in Berlin was noticeably absent of sponsors. Someone started a rumor on Twitter that this was due to stringent laws on advertisements, which would have made sense if they cage itself didn’t have its usual placement of corporate sponsors. Turns out that someone, whether that’s someone within the UFC or a third-party, sent the canvas meant for Berlin to São Paulo.

Mike Fagan is a weekly contributor to MMA Owl. He also hosts Untethered MMA every Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. Follow him on Twitter

 


Mike Fagan