MARK “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Muñoz completed his amazing comeback in the octagon by destroying American Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 162 middleweight bout on Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Muñoz, who rested for almost a 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.
Despite Boetsch’s attempts to lock via submission holds, the 35-year-old Muñoz 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.
Muñoz maintained his aggressive form in the last two rounds as he scored more on takedowns and punches on the way to the unanimous win. He gained a favorable 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.
Weidman delivered the paralyzing left knock out punch while Silva pretending to be dazed.
Weidman improved to 10-0 card while Silva’s 17-fight winning streak was halted and fell also to 33-5 win-loss slate.