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MMA News: Munoz vs. Silva, Koscheck vs. Condit, Strikeforce and More

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After his victory over Chris Leben at UFC 138, Mark Munoz says that he’s ready for a shot at Anderson Silva for the championship.

“I trained with Anderson. He’s a good friend of mine. I came to the UFC because I want to be the best, and unfortunately, he has the belt. For me, I would love to be a world champ, and that’s what I train for. That’s why I’m in this organization. This is the best organization in the world, and I want to be a world champ in this organization. All respect goes to him, but at the same time, I want to get that top spot.”

While I agree with his attitude toward advancing his career, he’s not ready for Anderson Silva, and he’s got to get in line. There is still the winner of Miller/Bisping, Belfort, Sonnen, and maybe Dan Henderson. Now, if he fights Sonnen and wins, I say give him the shot. Until then, I say no to giving him Anderson Silva.

Dana White was asked about the future of Strikeforce and it’s fighters, especially the previously banned Paul Daley. “The Strikeforce-Showtime deal isn’t done yet. We’ll see what happens with that first. I just have a hard time with what Daley did. It’s not like Daley’s been so friendly since that happened, either. Plus, he hasn’t won. The guy’s got to win some fights. Any guy who loses in the UFC or other promotions, you lose, and you go get some wins somewhere else and come back…I’m not a fan, to be honest. You know that.”

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I’m sure this is a hot-button topic and you are either for or against Daley showing up in the UFC. What he did was deplorable and he definitely deserved to be released, and I honestly would be 100% fine if he never returned. However, people like the way he fights and will pay to see him. Tough call for Dana as it comes to business. But saying that Daley isn’t winning is a bit off. He’s won 6 of 8 since getting booted from the UFC.

According to a report from MMAJunkie.com, Carlos Condit now has an opponent for the February 5th event. Per the report, Carlos Condit is likely to face Josh Koscheck at UFC 143, as both fighters has verbally agreed to the bout.

I don’t get this match-up. Sure, in terms of rankings, this is the obvious fight. Condit beats Koscheck, there’s no question he deserves a shot. But should he lose, GSP loses a contender because Koscheck won’t be getting a shot. Hope all works out for Condit and his fans.

After dismantling his tough test yet in Brad Pickett, Renan Barao told MMAJunkie.com (throught translator) that he’s ready for a title shot against Dominick Cruz. “The objective is this: When you come up here to the UFC, it’s to fight for the title. I’m ready any time.”

Hard to argue that he’s not ready. He’s a beast and he tore through Pickett. He had a Split Decision loss in his very first career fight back in 2005 and has not lost since. Quite a feat.

MMAWeekly.com reports that Nate Marquardt’s BAMMA debut has been pushed back and he will now make his first appearance in the organization in February at BAMMA 9 against another former UFC fighter, Yoshiyuki Yoshida.

Yoshida is a game-enough opponent, but Marquardt will be too much for him. Too big and too strong. I’m sure it’s a “tune up” fight for BAMMA’s real attraction: Marquardt vs. Daley.