Munoz hopes a statement victory will give him title shot with Silva
Mark Munoz joins Dave Benz on the Chronicle Live set to preview his upcoming fight Wednesday night at HP Pavilion.
CSN Bay Area dot com your home or everything you need to know. On the Bay Area sports scene including -- sports check out right now a full recap of U of C 148 Anderson Silva. Over jail cell in and speaking of USC we're happy to welcome mark -- Save middleweight contender in the USC plays take time to join us here chronicle lot thank you Brandon banks of the countless he's on the amateur and. Just don't before having been here but this -- my neck of the woods and I love being back in NBA used to train not too far from here downright awful Folsom and authorized -- transferred Texan. And that's -- actually started learning how to. Do my case and how we tie and elbows and knees from -- you know going out Varitek so. Among those guys over there I still remember and and I am still tongue into one of the guys might -- -- actually was operating mention. Now course of people who don't know your story you became the first Filipino American to ever win. A division one national title and wrestling at Oklahoma State back in 2001. And you really just kept going you've got -- mixed martial arts how tough of -- transition was that you. I was it was tough you know I actually you know resting it's it's more of a grappling -- and I have learned striking. Stratton was very hard guy you know it's I didn't know anything about strength I didn't even know how to throw jab or any punches and so. I was very wild when they started when he started up and down -- and it. Doubt that in and now my punches they're very straight and I need -- when they need to but now that they're not all -- so. The transition was hard but I think with anything that you do with a lot of practice and you -- diligent with it. He can actually master things at that stage and you can execute. Inside the octagon. Well as of life on native I know a lot of people in these parts are rooting for here and -- -- got a big fight coming up on Wednesday night HP pavilion is gonna be. USC on fuel TV for your taken -- Chris Wideman and if you win that fight a lot of people are thinking you're going to be. In line for Anderson Silva. That's right how with a win over Chris linemen -- you know put me there there's a lot of talk about who's next who's the next number one contender and you know I I feel that I've done everything I can't to be able to solidify my spot and so with a win over Chris White and we'll solidify my spot for sure. And I think just the wind will solidified but. Making a statement will actually put me in that fight so. You were close to get a title shot not too long ago you're supposed to play jail -- and on you at USC on fox to yes some bone Spurs locked up your right -- you had to take some time off I was an inning going right now. Everything's great then we have been five days a week but then. You know kind of tone it down -- -- to now now might have gone straight rights now -- my own -- anymore so. So I feel comfortable doing that and I can post on my hand now and everything so. Feels great to be able to have. You know arm so it's by -- we -- 2.0 now Anderson Silva is your former training partners are just that point how we're -- that it. And I know how he feels about fighting friends and training partners in. You know I won't cross that bridge when it comes but -- for me I've been in the sport of -- where I had to fight my friends and and not to -- -- be comfortable doing it because if he's uncomfortable doing it I wouldn't want to. Be that kind of friends economy and news right now I don't mind do that and I respect him as a as a fighter I respect him as a friend to so. But this is a competition and I definitely want to become a world champion to. Before I go I've got to ask you you're going to be making your Hollywood debut very soon -- part of it Kevin James movie called here comes the boom and if she plays a schoolteacher that. Gets into the ring but you get into that and what your role in that. So. There is. There's a guy my engines in his prime Parsons he he manages some some guys in my -- and he helps coach some athletes have been there. And he's a really good friend of mine he knows Kevin James. And so he got a lot of my training partners to be in the film so christmases and he's made he's the final he's a final fight for a Kevin James. Jason mayhem Miller's and is well there's a -- he she who has on the pickled judo medalist. There is. -- -- -- So there's there's all my friends that are in. And I got to know Kevin James as well so that's how I got in it and I saw the trailer he takes you down yeah so yeah. It was really him so he's been -- -- in my -- and was training there. And I'm Mexican fighter inside the movie when it was in the alarmist and in -- slam in me and winning that fight in -- going to be CF.