A prospective next opponent is already in Albert Duraev’s sights.
Duraev (16-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) said in a post-fight news conference that he intends to face Brazilian middleweight and jiu-jitsu expert Andre Muniz shortly after his victory over Chidi Njokuani at UFC on ESPN 43 on Saturday (23-5 MMA, 5-1 UFC).
“I want my next fight in June or July,” Duraev said.
“I want to fight Brazilian guy Andre Muniz. He’s held 15 ranking. I want a top 15. I can show a good fight.”
The 33-year-old Muniz is presently ranked No. 13 in the promotion’s official rankings but does not have a fight booked. Before being submitted on February 25 by Brendan Allen, Muniz tore through the middleweight division of the UFC. His 23 victories have resulted in 19 finishes, including 15 submits.
Some viewers might view the bout as jiu-jitsu vs wrestling, but Duraev reminded them that it was an MMA contest. He wants to include all academic fields in the discussion.