UFC 138 Play-by-Play: Chris Leben vs. Mark Munoz

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Chris Leben vs. Mark Munoz

Round 1: Munoz quickly gets the fight to his world, taking Leben down in the opening moments of the fight. Munoz working from Leben’s guard, but can’t get much offense going, Leben snakes up the cage to his feet. Munoz presses Leben to the cage and drives home some body shots in retaliation to Leben’s knees. Munoz gets another takedown, but is out of position and they stand. Leben scores a takedown and drops some bombs on Munoz. They’re quickly back to their feet, Leben controlling position along the fence and winging punches on Munoz. Munoz reverses, pressing Leben into the cage again for a time before separating. Leben rushes in, pressing Munoz to the cage, stomping his foot. Munoz reverses, but Leben scoops him up and toss him to the ground. Munoz is up, but Leben locks on a guillotine choke. Munoz works his way out of the choke, and begins working from top position in Leben’s half guard. Munoz is standing with Leben down, and lands a couple hard shots to the face. They return to standing and Leben gets Munoz down, but they’re quickly back up. Leben gets Munoz down again and hammers away to the bell. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Leben

Round 2: Leben rushes Munoz to the fence, but Munoz easily reverses position int he clinch and takes Leben to the mat, landing in Leben’s full guard. He starts hammering away at Leben’s body. Leben tries to fire back from the bottom, but Munoz drops some heavy leather on him. Leben somehow gets up, Munoz quickly clinching and tripping him back to the mat, landing on top in half guard. Munoz takes side control and drives home several right hands. Leben somehow reverses out and puts a guillotine choke on Munoz. He can’t finish and they return to their feet. Leben’s face is bleeding steadily so the ref stops for the doctor to check the eye.  The fight continues, Leben immediately pressing Munoz. He goes for another guillotine, but Munoz avoids it and takes a side mount on Leben, drilling him with body punches. Leben regains his feet, driving elbows to the side of Munoz’s head as Munoz scores another takedown. They finish the round winging punches at each other on the mat! MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Munoz

The doctor checks Leben’s eye again after the second round and the referee stops the fight based on the doctor’s recommendation.

Mark Munoz def. Chris Leben by TKO (Dr. Stoppage) at 5:00, R2

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