Muñoz announces retirement

Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Muñoz CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Muñoz CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Middleweight mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Muñoz announced that his bout against English slugger Luke Barnatt in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Manila Fight Night on May 16 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City would be his last.

“I’m gonna be ready with this [last]fight. MMA is in my blood and it’s my own life. I talked with my family about this decision. I really wanted to be with my family for now. But you’re going to expect fireworks in this last fight,” the 37-year-old former wrestler Muñoz (13-6 record) told reporters during a press conference at Solaire Resort and Casino.

“I like to focus on coaching and most likely here in the Philippines. I’m planning to be here four to five times a year,” Muñoz added. “Winning the title is my goal ever since, but being with my family and having time for them is my focus right now after this fight.”

Muñoz previously lost to Lyoto Machida, Gegard Mousasi and more recently to Roan Carneiro.

The featherweight bout between Frankie Edgar and Urijah Faber is the main event of the evening. In the other matches also all featherweight, homegrown MMA talent Mark Eddiva (6-1 record) will collide against Alex White (10-2), Roldan Sangcha-an (4-1) faces Jon Delos Reyes (7-4) and Phillipe Nover (11-5-1) battles Korean Yui Chul Nam.


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