MARK Muñoz seeks to defy height disadvantage anew as he collides with Luke Barnatt in UFC: Fight Night Manila on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The 6-foot Filipino-American mixed martial artist is giving up six inches against his English foe.
But Muñoz is confident against Barnatt as he scored one of his most impressive wins in the Ultimate Fighting Championship against another 6-foot-6 opponent in Kendall Grove, who he knocked out in the second round that earned Fight of the Night honors in UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi last August 2010.
“He’s just like Kendall Grove: long, rangy,” Muñoz said of Barnatt. “He’s very tough and comes forward; he uses his length to his advantage, but I’m going to come in there and he has to stop what I’m bringing.”
The 37-year-old Muñoz, adept at wrestling and ground-and-pound, displayed his improved boxing skill and the rest of his stand-up abilities during his open workout on Wednesday at the MOA Activity Center.
The Filipino Wrecking Machine, toting a 13-6 win-loss card, is looking to bounce back after losing his last three - and four of his last five bouts - as he seeks to end his career with a bang.
And if Barnatt (8-2) has the height advantage, Muñoz has the home crowd behind him.
“I just feel the love, the care, and support from everybody.”