‘Filipino Wrecking Machine’ caps comeback with unanimous win over Boetsch

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Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz completed his amazing comeback in the octagon on a high note by destroying American Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 162 middleweight bout Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas USA.

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Munoz, who rested for almost one year following his bloody technical knockout loss to Chris Weidman, controlled all three rounds by executing his signature ground-and-pound game against the aggressive Boetsch most of the time.

Despite Boetsch’s attempts to lock the 35-year-old Munoz to various submission holds, the Filipino fighter showed enough grappling and fine wrestling skills to avoid the hold in the early round. He eventually landed a solid crisp right on Boetsch’s forehead but couldn’t knock him off.

Munoz kept his deadly aggressive form in the last two rounds to score more on takedowns and punches on the way to the unanimous win. He gained a 30-26, 30-27 and 29-28 scores from the judges to improve his record to 13-3 win-loss.

Boetsch, 32, dropped to 16-6 card.

American Chris Weidman, meanwhile, dethroned Brazilian Anderson “The Spider” Silva by scoring a thunderous technical knockout with 1:18 remaining in the second round to become the new UFC middleweight champion.

Before being knocked out by the “All-American”, Silva taunted Weidman throughout the match and then paid the price. Weidman delivered the paralyzing left knockout punch while Silva pretending to be dazed.

Weidman now has a 10-0 card while Anderson’s 17-fight win streak and almost seven-year of title reign was halted. Silva fell also to 33-5 win-loss slate.

JOSEF RAMOS

 

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