The two men that led to Lyoto Machida getting a shot at Chris Weidman’s middleweight title will go against one another, as Mark Munoz and Gegard Mousasi have been announced as the headliner for UFC Fight Night in Berlin, Germany. The card will take place on May 31 at O2 World Berlin and marks the promotion’s third visit in Germany.
Both fighters are well respected in the UFC, with Munoz ranked #7 and Mousasi ranked #12 at middleweight and #13 at light heavyweight. However both fell short to Lyoto Machida, and will be looking to bounce back against one another in a five-round main event which is their second UFC main event in a row.
Munoz looked like a revitalised fighter against Tim Boetsch, putting on a dominant and brutal performance against ‘The Barbarian’ after being outclassed by current champ Chris Weidman. He was originally set to fight Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 30 before an injury forced Bisping to pull out and he was then replaced by Munoz’s friend and former training partner, Lyoto Machida.
Machida defeated Munoz in swift and devastating fashion, making an impressive drop down to middleweight with a one-kick knockout at the 3:10 mark of the first round. Munoz is still a ranked fighter and will hope that an impressive win over Mousasi can put him back on track for redemption at either Machida or Weidman, who will square off for the title at UFC 173.
Mousasi made his middleweight debut at UFC Fight Night 36 and fell short in a technical fight with Machida, dropping a unanimous decision. He won his UFC debut against short notice opponent Ilir Latifi, and was once considered the biggest talent outside of the promotion during his days in Strikeforce. Mousasi will be hoping to win his first fight at 185lbs and has been fed another top fighter in Mark Munoz.
UFC Fight Night Berlin will go down May 31, the second event which will take place on that night after the announcement of a Fight Night show in Brazil.