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Munoz ready to accept showdown with Brian Stann

ESPN staff
June 16, 2011

Mark Munoz's manager has revealed the middleweight is ready to accept a hard-hitting fight with Brian Stann.

Munoz defeated Demian Maia in a tight decision at UFC 131, and ESPN understands the UFC is keen to pair the American with Stann, who recently beat Jorge Santiago.

With reigning champion Anderson Silva fighting Yushin Okami at UFC 134, the middleweight division does not have a clear contender for the next 185lb title fight.

Michael Bisping has delayed his title run to coach on TUF 14 against Jason Miller, while Chael Sonnen remains suspended from MMA. Vitor Belfort has already had his shot, so a Stann v Munoz fight could determine the next contender.

If the UFC approaches Munoz's camp, they will get exactly the answer they are looking for.

"After coming off a big win over Damien Maia, Mark would welcome any fight that brings him closer to a title shot," manager Mike Roberts told MMAWeekly.

"If that fighter is Brian Stann then so be it. If that's the fight the fans want to see, Mark would welcome that challenge. Brian Stann is a great guy, so it would be Good Guy vs. Good Guy. That can be compelling in itself."

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