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Mark Muñoz (born February 9, 1978 in Yokosuka, Japan) is a Filipino-American mixed martial artist, currently fighting in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

High School & Collegiate Wrestling Edit

Template:Unreferenced section In high school, Muñoz was a two-time California State Wrestling Champion at 189 pounds for Vallejo Senior 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.

Mixed Martial Arts CareerEdit

World Extreme Cagefighting

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 (Strikes) at 4:15 of the first round. [1]

Muñoz was slated to fight Steve Steinbeiss in WEC 36 on November 5, 2008,[2] but due to an undisclosed reason he was replaced by TUF alum Alex Schoenauer.[3]

Muñoz defeated Ricardo Barros last December 3, 2008 for WEC's year-end event, WEC 37 via TKO (strikes).[4]


Ultimate Fighting Championship

Muñoz was one of the chosen few to be relocated to WEC's sister promotion, which is also owned and produced by Zuffa, UFC. Along with light heavyweight champion Steve Cantwell, light heavyweight contenders Brian Stann and Steve Steinbeiss and Middleweight contenders Chael Sonnen & Nissen Osterneck.[5][6][7]

On March 7, 2009, Muñoz made his UFC debut at UFC 96. Mark 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. [8]

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. The fight was full of intense sprawls and exciting stand up battles.

On January 2, 2010 at UFC 108, Muñoz brought in the new year with a bang by defeating MMA veteran Ryan Jensen via submission (strikes) at the 2:30 mark of the first round.

Muñoz is scheduled to face The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner Kendall Grove on April 10, 2010 at UFC 112.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Mark and his wife have four children.[10]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
United States flag Kendall Grove UFC 112: Invincible 02010-
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April 10, 2010
United Arab Emirates flag Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 7-1 United States flag Ryan Jensen Submission (Punches) UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva 02010-
January
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January 2, 2010
1 2:30 United States flag Las Vegas, United States
Win 6-1 United States flag Nick Catone Decision (Split) UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira 02009-
August
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August 29, 2009
3 5:00 United States flag Portland, Oregon, United States Middleweight Debut
Loss 5-1 United States flag Matt Hamill KO (Head Kick) UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine 02009-
March
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March 7, 2009
1 3:53 United States flag Columbus, Ohio, United States UFC Debut
Win 5-0 Brazil flag Ricardo Barros KO (Punches) WEC 37: Torres vs. Tapia 02008-
December
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December 3, 2008
1 2:26 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4-0 United States flag Chuck Grigsby TKO (Punches) WEC 34: Faber vs. Pulver 02008-
June
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June 1, 2008
1 4:15 United States flag Sacramento, California, United States WEC Debut
Win 3-0 United States flag Tony Rubalcava Decision (Unanimous) PFC 4 - Project Complete 02007-
October
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October 18, 2007
1 2:13 United States flag Lemoore, California, United States
Win 2-0 United States flag Mike Pierce Decision GC 69 - Bad Intentions 02007-
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September 22, 2007
3 5:00 United States flag Sacramento, California, United States
Win 1-0 United States flag Austin Achorn TKO (Punches) PFC 3 - Step Up 02007-
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July 19, 2007
1 1:25 United States flag Lemoore, California, United States

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