Mark Kenery Muñoz (born February 9, 1978) is a Japanese-born Filipino-American retired professional mixed martial artist who last competed in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor from 2007 until 2015, Munoz also formerly competed for the WEC. Throughout his career, Munoz was credited as one of "the nicest guys in MMA" even being officially ranked as No.1 during an Episode of "UFC Tonight" due to his contributions to both the sport of MMA, and his local community through activities such as starting up and running his own gym, and heading his own "anti-bullying" campaign.
|Born||February 9, 1978|
|Other names||The Filipino Wrecking Machine|
|Nationality||American and Filipino|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Division||Middleweight (2009 – 2015) |
Light Heavyweight (2007–2009)
|Reach||72 in (180 cm)|
|Style||Wrestling, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Lake Forest, California, United States|
|Team||Reign Training Center (2010–2015)|
RVCA Training Center
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Antônio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira|
|Wrestling||NCAA Division I Wrestling|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Oklahoma State University|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
last updated on: November 23, 2011
|Representing the Oklahoma State Cowboys|
|NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships|
|2000 St. Louis||197 lb|
|2001 Iowa City||197 lb|
Muñoz was born on United States Fleet Activities Yokosuka, a United States Navy base in Yokosuka, Japan, to Filipino parents. At the age of two, Muñoz and his family relocated to Vallejo, California. Muñoz 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, Muñoz began wrestling with the varsity team at Vallejo High School. At Vallejo, Muñoz 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. Muñoz was also on the honor roll for all four years and a member of the National Honors Society. That same year, Muñoz won a silver medal for the USA Junior National Team and finished fifth in his weight class at the FILA Junior World Wrestling Championship. Muñoz went on to compete at Oklahoma State University, where he compiled 121 wins overall, was a two-time All-American, and won an 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 Bachelor 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, Muñoz came back to be an assistant coach at Oklahoma State for two years, leading the team to an NCAA National Championship in 2003. Muñoz then began coaching at UC Davis, before transitioning into a career in mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
World Extreme CagefightingEdit
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
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.
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 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 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 Chris Leben, in the first 5-round non-title fight in UFC history, on November 5, 2011 by corner stoppage at UFC 138. 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.
Returning to action, Muñoz instead faced Chris Weidman on July 11, 2012 in the main event at UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman. 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 was expected to face Michael Bisping on October 26, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 30. However, Bisping pulled out of the bout with an eye injury and was replaced by Lyoto Machida. Munoz lost the fight via knockout in the first round.
On June 12, 2014 Muñoz's new four-fight contract with UFC was announced.
Muñoz was very briefly scheduled to face Caio Magalhães on February 28, 2015 at UFC 184. However, shortly after the bout was announced by the UFC, Magalhães indicated that he would not be able to compete at the event due to a lingering infection after recent dental surgery, which would require additional surgery. Muñoz stayed on the card and eventually faced returning UFC veteran Roan Carneiro. He lost the fight via technical submission in the first round.
Muñoz faced Luke Barnatt on May 16, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 66. Muñoz has indicated that win or lose, he expected this fight to be his last. Munoz dominated the fight in the stand-up and ground, winning a unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27). Keeping his promise, an emotional Munoz took off his gloves after the fight and placed them in the center of the octagon.
Muñoz lives with his wife and his four children in Mission Viejo, California. Muñoz ran his own gym, Reign Training Center, in Lake Forest but in the end of April 2015, Munoz sold it to an investor to dedicate more personal time to his children and as a wrestling coach.
Muñoz is acting as the main character of a 2020 film Lumpia with a Vengeance, in which he is also one of the co-producers.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
- FILA Wrestling World Championships
- USA FILA Junior World Freestyle Championships
- USA FILA Junior World Freestyle Championship 182.5 1b - Winner (1998)
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||14 wins||6 losses|
|Win||14–6||Luke Barnatt||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber||May 16, 2015||3||5:00||Pasay, Philippines||Retired after bout.|
|Loss||13–6||Roan Carneiro||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 184||February 28, 2015||1||1:40||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Loss||13–5||Gegard Mousasi||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Muñoz vs. Mousasi||May 31, 2014||1||3:57||Berlin, Germany|
|Loss||13–4||Lyoto Machida||KO (head kick)||UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Muñoz||October 26, 2013||1||3:10||Manchester, England|
|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 and punches)||UFC on Fuel TV: Muñoz vs. Weidman||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||First ever five-round non-title fight scheduled in UFC.|
|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 Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann||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 Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko||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: Torres vs. Tapia||December 3, 2008||1||2:26||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||4–0||Chuck Grigsby||KO (punches)||WEC 34: Faber vs. Pulver||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)||Gladiator Challenge 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|
|1998||The Boy Who Saved Christmas||Member of Elf Ensemble|
|2012||Here Comes the Boom||Himself|
|2012–2013||The Roots of Fight||Himself|
|2020||Lumpia with a Vengeance||Silent Avenger / Kuya|
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