After winning the fight, with tears in his face, Mark Muñoz put down his gloves on the center of the octagon for the last time. An iconic and emotional moment for the MMA sport scene that will be remembered by UFC fans for a long time.
Last Saturday May 16th, “The Filipino wrecking Machine” faced Luke Barnatt at UFC Fight Night 66, knowing it would be his last appearance on the octagon no matter if he wins or loses the fight. Nonetheless, no one in the sports industry bet it would be such a magical moment.
The 37-year old fighter emerged victorious in front of his fans in Pasay City, Philippines in a 3 round unanimous decision, with the judges scorecards of 30-27, 29-28 and 30-27.
“This is something I’ve dreamed about and I hoped for,” Munoz said. “I know I didn’t accomplish what I wanted to accomplish in the cage. But I invested a lot of my time in lives and I invested in treasures in their hearts. I’ve been able to help change lives and impact lives in a positive way.” He continued.
The Last Fight
Even though sportsbooks and the betting industry had Barnatt favorite with a -165 odd, Muñoz pressured from the beginning of round one, landing powerful overhand rights, getting multiple takedowns and destroying with his “Donkey Kong” ground and pound.
In the final round, Muñoz continued pressuring Barnatt, landing takedowns even when he seemed to be tired. The crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, stand on their feet in the closing seconds of the third round in approval to the Filipino’s courage.
Born in Yokosuka, Japan to Filipino parents, Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz finished his 6 year UFC career with a 14-6 record, with wins over Chris Leben, Demian Maia, CB Dollaway, Nick Catone, and Tim Boetsch.
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