UFC On Versus 3: Mark Munoz Talks Manny Pacquiao, Nonito Donaire And Anderson Silva

I recently had UFC on Versus 3 middleweight co-main event fighter Mark Munoz on my radio show (MMA Nation on 106.7 The Fan). I wanted to get his sense of how he views his fight tonight with C.B. Dollaway, but I was also curious to hear about his experiences training with Nonito Donaire and UFC middelweight champion Anderson Silva. Munoz didn't train specifically with Manny Pacquiao, but was able to watch a closed-door session with Pacquiao as he hit mitts with trainer Freddie Roach.

As for Donaire, Munoz said he helped him with shot selection: when to hit, the right position to hit, etc. Munoz commented on the Anderson Silva front kick that floored Vitor Belfort at UFC 126 saying Silva attempts and lands unorthodox strikes routinely in sparring. He also comments on the Yushin Okami loss as well as his interest in being a part of "The Ultimate Fighter" Philippines project.

All in all, Munoz seems intensely focused on the dynamics of striking. That makes sense. It's historically been the weakest part of his game. It affected his fight against Okami and it seems to be an albatross around his neck. It'll be curious tonight to see how he's developed on his feet and if he can take the next step in his career. He's been known to take a desperation shot or two when the feet got messy standing. If he can curb that impulse because of newfound striking ability/confidence, he can make waves at middleweight.

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