Contender Series Prospect Matt Dixon Worked With Mark Munoz Prior To Fight

Matt Dixon enlisted some A-list help prior to his debut on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series.

Dixon (9-0) caught up with Fightful ahead of his Contender Series bout against Orion Cosce (6-0) on August 18. The lauded welterweight prospect touched on his training sessions with Mark Munoz, as well as the text he received from UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby.

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"Working with Mark Munoz was great. The guy I watched growing up. I was a big fan of his growing up. He was the 'Filipino Wrecking Machine' back in the day. I never knew if I was going to train with him. My coach happened to know him and know him pretty well," Dixon shared. "Working with him, he was able to share a lot of knowledge and experience and some of the wisdom he got through all that experience."

Cosce has never gone the distance professionally and Dixon believes that will serve as a big advantage for "Magic".

"I feel like it gives me a big advantage. That experience I really wouldn't trade for anything. Going through those fights where I had adversity, and going through fights where I thought the guy was finished and he came back out of nowhere like a zombie. Those types of things are what you build and grow off of and learn. I've been in those fights. I've had five-round fights. I don't know how very many prospects that have had those," he shared. "Those are things that have molded me into the MMA fighter that I am today."

Dixon, 24, thought someone was pulling his leg when he got a text message from a number claiming to belong to UFC matchmaker Shelby.

"It was kind of a crazy situation," he chuckled. "I got the text message and, honestly, I thought this may be fake. I've never had any talks with him in person or over the phone. I was really surprised by that. Whenever he sent that text message, I immediately sent it to my manager and he told me it was legit."

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