by Tom Hamlin – MMAWeekly.com
K-1 and BodogFight veteran Steve Steinbeiss will make his World Extreme Cagefighting debut against Mark Munoz on Sept. 10 at a location to be determined.
Sources from within Steinbeiss’ camp confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that both parties have signed bout agreements. Steinbeiss has also signed a multi-fight agreement with the Zuffa, LLC owned organization.
Steinbeiss, a light heavyweight, currently trains out of Arizona Combat Sports in Tempe, Ariz. along with his older brother Ray, a welterweight and fellow BodogFight veteran. The junior Steinbeiss is 4-1 in professional mixed martial arts competition. Despite the step up in exposure, he makes no bones about how he feels about the fight.
“He’s not the best match-up for me,” Steinbeiss tells MMAWeekly.com. “I’m a kickboxer and he’s a national wrestling champ. I think I’ll be able to hold my own. I guess you can look at it two different ways: one, you can say I’m going to get him while he’s young to the sport; the other way, you can say I’m screwed either way.”
Munoz, a former NCAA wrestling champion at Oklahoma State, is fresh off a successful debut in the WEC, stopping Chuck Grigsby with strikes at WEC 34 in June. Undefeated in four professional fights, Munoz trains out of Ultimate Fitness with WEC featherweight champion Uriah Faber.
On paper, the fight appears to be a classic striker vs. grappler match-up. Steinbeiss’ seasoned striking capabilities represent Munoz’s toughest challenge yet on his feet, while Munoz presents great danger to Steinbeiss if the fight hits the ground. So there’s no mystery in this fight.
“I’m not going to go out there and shoot a double leg on him,” Steinbeiss says. “There’s no behind the scenes ‘he’s going to do this, he’s going to do that.’ He’s going to try to wrestle with me and I’m going to try to stand on my feet. It’s nice you can take all of that out of the way.”