Mark Muñoz

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Mark Muñoz
Born (1978-02-09) February 9, 1978 (age 36)
Yokosuka, Japan (U.S. Military Base)
Other names The Filipino Wrecking Machine
Nationality Filipino-American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)
Division Middleweight (2009 – present)
Light Heavyweight (2007–2009)
Reach 71 in (180 cm)
Fighting out of Lake Forest, California, United States
Team Kings MMA
Reign Training Center
Rank Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Wrestling NCAA Division I Wrestling
Years active 2007-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 18
Wins 13
By knockout 6
By submission 1
By decision 6
Losses 5
By knockout 3
By submission 1
By decision 1
University Oklahoma State University[1]
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: November 23, 2011

Mark Kenery Muñoz[2] (born February 9, 1978) is a Filipino-American mixed martial artist currently fighting in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Muñoz is known for his wrestling ability and relentless ground-and-pound. As of January 17, 2014, he is #7 in official UFC Middleweight rankings[3] and ranked the #8 Middleweight in the world by Sherdog.[4]

Background[edit]

Munoz was born on a United States Military Base in Yokosuka, Japan to parents from the Philippines. At the age of two, Munoz and his family relocated to Vallejo, California. Munoz began wrestling at the age of 13 and also played football, but had to give up the latter sport when he was a sophomore in high school due to an injury. Because of his size and raw talent, Munoz began wrestling with the varsity team at Vallejo High School. At Vallejo, Munoz went on to be a two-time State Champion, an Asics First Team All-American, a 1995 National High School Champion, and the 1996 NHSCA National High School Champion. Munoz was also on the honor roll for all four years and a member of the National Honors Society. That same year, Munoz won a silver medal for the USA Junior National Team and finished fifth in his weight class at the FILA Junior World Wrestling Championship. Munoz went on to compete at Oklahoma State University, where he compiled 121 wins overall, was a two-time All-American, and won a NCAA National Championship in 2001 as a senior. Muñoz was also a three-year member of the FILA Junior World Wrestling Team, earning the silver medal in 1998. Muñoz received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Health Science from Oklahoma State University, and was also a three-time member of the NWCA All-Academic Team. After finishing college, Munoz came back to be an assistant coach at Oklahoma State for two years, leading the team to an NCAA National Championship in 2003. Munoz then began coaching at UC Davis, before transitioning into a career in mixed martial arts.[5][6]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

Muñoz made his WEC debut at WEC 34 on June 1, 2008 in the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California. Muñoz defeated Chuck Grigsby via KO (punches) at 4:15 of the first round.[7]

Muñoz was slated to fight Steve Steinbeiss at WEC 36 on November 5, 2008,[8] but due to an undisclosed reason he was replaced by TUF alum Alex Schoenauer.[9]

Muñoz defeated Ricardo Barros on December 3, 2008 at the WEC's year-end event, WEC 37 via TKO (punches).[10]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Muñoz was one of the chosen few to be relocated to WEC's sister promotion—which is also owned and produced by Zuffa—along with WEC Light Heavyweight Champion Steve Cantwell, Light Heavyweight contenders Brian Stann and Steve Steinbeiss and Middleweight contenders Chael Sonnen and Nissen Osterneck.[11][12][13]

On March 7, 2009, Muñoz made his UFC debut at UFC 96. Muñoz suffered the first loss of his career and was rendered unconscious by a brutal head kick from UFC veteran Matt Hamill during the first round. Following the stoppage, Muñoz remained down on the mat for several minutes, eventually leaving the cage wearing a neck brace.[14]

On August 29, 2009 at UFC 102, Muñoz bounced back from his first defeat and answered the critics by winning a close split decision (28–29, 30–27 and 29–28) over fellow wrestler Nick Catone.

On January 2, 2010 at UFC 108, Muñoz faced and defeated MMA veteran Ryan Jensen via first round submission due to strikes at the 2:30 mark of the first round, showcasing some vicious ground and pound.

Muñoz defeated The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner Kendall Grove on April 10, 2010 at UFC 112, by referee stoppage in the 2nd round, also winning the Fight of the Night honors.[15]

Muñoz was defeated by Yushin Okami via split decision on August 1, 2010 at UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko. In this fight, Muñoz was unable to utilize his infamous ground and pound due to Okami's ability to defend his takedowns.

Muñoz won a unanimous decision over Aaron Simpson on November 20, 2010 at UFC 123.

Muñoz defeated TUF 7 finalist CB Dollaway at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann on March 3, 2011 via first round KO. Muñoz landed a right hand that floored Dollaway, where he then followed up with some ground and pound which secured him the victory.

Muñoz defeated Demian Maia via unanimous decision on June 11, 2011 at UFC 131.[16]

Muñoz defeated Chris Leben, in the first 5 round non title fight in UFC history, on November 5, 2011 by corner stoppage at UFC 138.[17] The stoppage was due to the ground and pound of Muñoz that opened a cut over Leben's eye, rendering him unable to see and continue the fight.

Muñoz was set to fight Chael Sonnen on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis. However, Muñoz pulled out of his fight with Sonnen on January 17, 2012 due to an injury during training and was replaced by Michael Bisping, who was pulled from a scheduled fight with Demian Maia on the same card.[18]

Returning to action, Muñoz instead faced Chris Weidman on July 11, 2012 in the main event at UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman.[19] He lost the fight via KO in the second round. Munoz broke his foot in the course of the fight and was forced out of competition for a year.

Muñoz defeated Tim Boetsch via unanimous decision on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162.[20]

Muñoz was expected to face Michael Bisping on October 26, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 30.[21] However, Bisping pulled out of the bout with an eye injury and was replaced by Lyoto Machida.[22][23] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[24]

Muñoz faced Gegard Mousasi at UFC Fight Night: Munoz vs. Mousasi on May 31, 2014[25] He lost via rear-naked choke submission.

On June 12, 2014 Muñoz's new four-fight contract with UFC was announced.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Mark lives with his wife and his four children in Lake Forest, California.[citation needed]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Amateur wrestling[edit]

  • FILA Wrestling World Championships
    • FILA World Championships Junior Freestyle 178.5 1b - 5th place (1996)[27]
    • FILA World Championships Junior Freestyle 182.5 1b - 2nd place (1998)[28]
  • USA FILA Junior World Freestyle Championships
    • USA FILA Junior World Freestyle Championship 182.5 1b - Winner (1998)[29]

Collegiate wrestling[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 13–5 Gegard Mousasi Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night 41 May 31, 2014 1 3:57 Berlin, Germany
Loss 13–4 Lyoto Machida KO (head kick) UFC Fight Night 30 October 26, 2013 1 3:10 Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Win 13–3 Tim Boetsch Decision (unanimous) UFC 162 July 6, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 12–3 Chris Weidman KO (elbow & punches) UFC on Fuel TV 4 July 11, 2012 2 1:37 San Jose, California, United States
Win 12–2 Chris Leben TKO (corner stoppage) UFC 138 November 5, 2011 2 5:00 Birmingham, England, United Kingdom First 5 round non-title fight in UFC history.
Win 11–2 Demian Maia Decision (unanimous) UFC 131 June 11, 2011 3 5:00 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 10–2 C.B. Dollaway KO (punches) UFC on Versus 3 March 3, 2011 1 0:54 Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Win 9–2 Aaron Simpson Decision (unanimous) UFC 123 November 20, 2010 3 5:00 Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Loss 8–2 Yushin Okami Decision (split) UFC on Versus 2 August 1, 2010 3 5:00 San Diego, California, United States
Win 8–1 Kendall Grove TKO (punches) UFC 112 April 10, 2010 2 2:50 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Fight of the Night.
Win 7–1 Ryan Jensen Submission (punches) UFC 108 January 2, 2010 1 2:30 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–1 Nick Catone Decision (split) UFC 102 August 29, 2009 3 5:00 Portland, Oregon, United States Middleweight Debut.
Loss 5–1 Matt Hamill KO (head kick) UFC 96 March 7, 2009 1 3:53 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 5–0 Ricardo Barros TKO (punches) WEC 37 December 3, 2008 1 2:26 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0 Chuck Grigsby KO (punches) WEC 34 June 1, 2008 1 4:15 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 3–0 Tony Rubalcava Decision (unanimous) PFC 4: Project Complete October 18, 2007 3 3:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 2–0 Mike Pierce Decision (unanimous) GC 69: Bad Intentions September 22, 2007 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 1–0 Austin Achorn TKO (punches) PFC 3: Step Up July 19, 2007 1 1:25 Lemoore, California, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.markmunoz.net/mark-munoz-to-make-middleweight-debut-vs-nick-catone-at-ufc-102
  2. ^ http://boxing.nv.gov/2010%20Results%20Web/01-02-10%20MMA.pdf
  3. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  4. ^ "Sherdog's Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". sherdog.com. January 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.markmunoz.net/marks-biography
  6. ^ http://www.okstate.com/sports/m-wrestl/mtt/mark_munoz_75567.html
  7. ^ WEC | World Extreme Cagefighting
  8. ^ "STEVE STEINBEISS VS MARK MUNOZ AT WEC 36". MMAWeekly.com. July 12, 2008. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  9. ^ http://fiveouncesofpain.com/2008/08/25/tuf-1-and-ifl-alum-alex-schoenauer-to-make-wec-debut-on-sept-10/
  10. ^ Mike Fridley. "OSU Wrestlers Dominate WEC Undercard". Sherdog. 
  11. ^ http://fiveouncesofpain.com/2008/09/26/wec-announces-miguel-torres-vs-manny-tapia-for-title-on-dec-3-will-drop-middleweight-and-light-heavyweight-divisions-in-2009/
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  13. ^ "WEC veteran Mark Munoz headed to the UFC in 2009". MMAjunkie. 
  14. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/UFC-96-Live-Play-by-Play-16462
  15. ^ "Kendall Grove vs. Mark Munoz in the works for UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi". MMAjunkie.com. 2010-01-18. 
  16. ^ "UFC 131: Mark Munoz vs Demian Maia in the works for June 11 in Vancouver". mmamania.com. March 12, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Chris Leben vs. Mark Munoz headlines UFC 138 in Birmingham, England". mmajunkie.com. 2011-07-19. 
  18. ^ "Munoz out at UFC on FOX 2; Bisping vs. Sonnen now set for shot at champ Silva". MMAJunkie.com. January 17, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman headlines UFC on FUEL TV 4 on July 11". mmajunkie.com. 2012-04-24. 
  20. ^ Ariel Helwani (2013-03-06). "Mark Munoz vs. Tim Boetsch slated for UFC 162". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved 2013-03-06. 
  21. ^ Morgan, John (12 July 2013). "Michael Bisping vs. Mark Munoz targeted for UFC return to Manchester on Oct. 26". mmajunkie.com. 
  22. ^ Staff (2013-09-27). "Michael Bisping out at UFC Fight Night 30, Lyoto Machida now faces Mark Munoz". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  23. ^ Matthew Roth (2013-09-29). "Michael Bisping apologizes to fans for eye injury that forced him from bout with Mark Munoz". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  24. ^ Dann Stupp. "UFC Fight Night 30 results: Lyoto Machida flattens Mark Munoz via head kick". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  25. ^ "UFC Fight Night 41 results: Gegard Mousasi dominates, submits Mark Munoz". MMA Fighting. May 31, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  26. ^ Jesse Holland (2014-06-12). "He's back! Mark Munoz inks four-fight UFC contract". mmamania.com. 
  27. ^ http://www.wrestlinghalloffame.org/wrestlers.php?wrestler=2483
  28. ^ http://www.wrestlinghalloffame.org/wrestlers.php?wrestler=2483
  29. ^ http://www.wrestlinghalloffame.org/wrestlers.php?wrestler=2483
  30. ^ http://www.wrestlinghalloffame.org/wrestlers.php?wrestler=2483
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