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Fighter

Filipino-American Ultimate Fighting Championship
 
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Employment History

Education

  • Bachelors of Science Degree , Health Science
    Oklahoma State University
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www.abs-cbnnews.com, 5 Feb 2011 [cached]
LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Filipino-American Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Mark Muñoz is rooting for UFC middleweight champion Anderson "The Spider" Silva in the upcoming UFC 126 match.
Muñoz showed up at the open work-out of UFC fighters who flaunted their wrestling, boxing, and kick boxing moves.
"I train with him, I'm very good friends with Anderson. Kaibigan ko, kase we train all the time when he is in LA," said Muñoz. "That's my friend and that's my training partner," he pointed at the two.
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UFC fighter Mark Muñoz (center) poses for a photo with Balls Channel Head Jojo Neri-Estacio (left) and ABS-CBN CPPMG Head March Ventosa during the Fil-American's visit to ABS-CBN on Monday morning.
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MANILA, Philippines - Filipino-American Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Mark Muñoz is in town for a short visit to check out the local mixed martial arts (MMA) scene and to visit his parents' hometowns.
On Monday, Muñoz dropped by ABS-CBN and Balls, the exclusive channel for the UFC.
In a brief chat with ABS-CBN News, UFC middleweight star shared his love for wrestling more than anything.
Muñoz said he started getting engaged in sports early as he played football and basketball. But after an unfortunate incident where he got beaten up by bigger kids, he realized that he needed to learn some kind of self defense. It was then that a friend introduced him to wrestling.
He admitted he didn't like the sport at first but his father motivated him to see it through. From there, Muñoz began excelling in the sport, winning wrestling championships in high school and college.
He eventually took it to the next level after meeting the top guys in the MMA scene, who influenced him to seriously consider the sport.
Elbow injury
Since then Muñoz has gone 12-2 in an impressive run in the UFC and was very close to a title shot.
Unfortunately, he incurred an elbow injury that forced him to pull out of a main event fight against Chael Sonnen for the top middleweight contender spot.
While recovering from the subsequent surgery to his elbow, Muñoz now has the chance to explore his Filipino roots. His mother grew up in Sta. Ana, Manila while his father, a serviceman in the US Navy, hails from Pasay City.
Muñoz's UFC comeback is tentatively set in July. When he returns to the United States on Wednesday, he'll resume therapy on his surgically repaired elbow.
Big brother Vera
Muñoz shared that he loves teaching and coaching kids for free. He also plans to bring his annual free wrestling clinics to the Philippines soon.
He credits much of his success and rise in the UFC to his big brother Replica Watches, Brandon Vera, the half-Filipino UFC sensation who has had his own share of ups and downs. Muñoz said he is confident that Vera will bounce back in the league soon.
Muñoz said was very happy to see a local MMA event and he sees the energy and interest in MMA very encouraging.
He said he sees great potential in Filipinos who, he believes, are natural strikers as Filipinos are clearly very good in boxing and other striking-related martial arts.
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Mark Munoz is a highly decorated former NCAA division I title holder in wrestling and in recent years, has transferred those same skills and determination from the mat to the biggest stage in MMA (mixed-martial arts) by fighting for the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships).
When Mark needed to update his website, he turned to Giographix to help redesign his website and challenged us to make his site not only look more professional, but easier to navigate and update.
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Check out this video we posted on our Facebook page about Mark working with Giographix on his web presence:
Toyo Tires Sponsors UFC Middleweight Mark Munoz
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Munoz Fights this Weekend at UFC 131 in Vancouver, Canada
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Mark Munoz, "The Filipino Wrecking Machine"
CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA - Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. announces the sponsorship of UFC Middleweight fighter, Mark Munoz as a Team Toyo Athlete for 2011. Nicknamed "The Filipino Wrecking Machine," Munoz has a 10-2-0 fight record. He will face Brazilian Demian Maia this Saturday, June 11, during UFC 131 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada.
Managed by MMA, Inc., the 6-foot tall, 33-year-old Munoz weighs 185 lbs. A former wrestling coach at the University of California, Davis; Munoz specializes in both wrestling and Muay Thai. He will wear the Toyo Tires logo on his fighting gear while also promoting the Toyo Tires brand through appearances and additional marketing efforts.
"I am honored to be part of the Toyo Tires team," said Munoz. "As a professional athlete, I am driven to perform and having the support of a great company like Toyo Tires just motivates me even more."
"We are excited to have Mark Munoz represent Team Toyo for 2011," said Stan Chen, manager of events and motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.
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"Munoz is a popular fighter in the sport of mixed martial arts and will represent the Toyo Tires brand well."
"We are very fortunate to have a great partner like Toyo Tires. Toyo Tires is an exceptional company and Mark Munoz is an exceptional athlete," said Jeff Meyer, Chief Executive Office, MMA, Inc.
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Munoz is the second MMA, Inc. athlete to join Team Toyo this year, following UFC Lightweight Anthony "Showtime" Pettis who joined in March.
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Mark Kenery Muñoz (born February 9, 1978) is an Americanmixed martial artist of Filipino descent currently fighting in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Muñoz is known for his wrestling ability and his relentless ground-and-pound. As of March 2012, Muñoz is ranked as the #3 middleweight fighter in the world by Sherdog.
Early life Muñoz was born on the US Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan to Filipino parents from Manila, Philippines. At the age of 2, Muñoz and his family relocated and settled in the former US Navy town of Vallejo, California.
High school and Collegiate wrestling In high school, Muñoz was a two-time California State Wrestling Champion at 189 pounds for Vallejo High School, Asics First Team All American and the 1996 NHSCA National High School Champion.
As a collegian at Oklahoma State University, Muñoz captured two Big 12 titles and earned back-to-back All-America honors at 197 pounds, including his NCAA title as a senior in 2001. He became the first Filipino American at the Division I Level to win a National Championship. He also made the NWCA All-Academic Team for three years and the Big 12 All-Academic squad for four. Additionally, Muñoz was 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.
Muñoz continues to give back to the wrestling community by offering a 5 to 10 day wrestling camp for high school athletes in Ocean Side, California. He brings in wrestlers from Cal Poly, Fullerton, and Oregon to help the kids. Also Muñoz brings in Coach Calivitta and many other great clinicians like Urijah Faber, Joe Heskett, and even the wrestling great and his coach John Smith.
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Muñoz made his WEC debut at WEC 34 on June 1, 2008 in the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California. Muñoz defeated Chuck Grigsby via TKO (punches) at 4:15 of the first round.
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Muñoz defeated Ricardo Barros on December 3, 2008 for WEC's year-end event, WEC 37 via TKO (punches).
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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 light heavyweight champion Steve Cantwell, light heavyweight contenders Brian Stann and Steve Steinbeiss and middleweight contenders Chael Sonnen and Nissen Osterneck.
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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.
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Following the stoppage, Muñoz remained down on the mat for several minutes, eventually leaving the cage wearing a neck brace.
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) to UFC up and comer Nick Catone.
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On January 2, 2010 at UFC 108, Muñoz faced and defeated MMA veteran Ryan Jensen via submission (punches) at the 2:30 mark of the first round.
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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.
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Muñoz was defeated by Yushin Okami on August 1, 2010 at UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko where he lost by split decision. In this fight, Muñoz was unable to utilize his infamous ground and pound due to Okami's ability to defend his takedowns.
Muñoz defeated Aaron Simpson on November 20, 2010 at UFC 123 by unanimous decision.
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Muñoz defeated TUF 7 finalist C.B. 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 on June 11, 2011 by unanimous decision at UFC 131.
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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.
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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 28th, 2012 at UFC on Fox: Evans vs.
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However, Muñoz pulled out of his fight with Sonnen on January 17th, 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.
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Muñoz is expected to face Chris Weidman on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 4.
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Mark and his wife have four children, and live in Mission Viejo, California.
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