Mark-MunozAt two different times in his career, Mark Munoz was considered to be a top challenger in Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight division. He was 3-0 in his career before entering World Extreme Cagefighting and when he moved to the UFC, earned his way to a spot near the top of the rankings. When it comes to his career, the wrestler has had several solid wins, but has also faced a few setbacks that have dropped him to where he currently sits. Also known as the “Filipino Wrecking Machine,” what are some of the biggest fights of his career?

Vs. Matt Hamill at UFC 96

Munoz and his 5-0 record were welcomed to the UFC in March 2009 against the popular Hamill. At this stage in his career, Hamill was alternating wins and losses and his win against Munoz marked the first time in his UFC career that he won back-to-back fights. In his UFC debut, Munoz was rudely put on highlight reels after Hamill landed an amazing head kick to knock him out.

Vs. Kendall Grove at UFC 112

After losing to Hamill, Munoz won his next two fights in the UFC and was set to battle Grove at the first ever UFC event in Abu Dhabi. When many fans expected the Anderson Silva vs. Demian Maia fight for the UFC middleweight title to be the Fight of the Night, Munoz and Grove put on a show. This was the first fight of the main pay-per-view card and it was one that ended in a miraculous TKO victory for Munoz because of punches in the second round.

Vs. Yushin Okami at UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko

After his impressive win against Grove, the UFC was ready to give Munoz a shot at Silva’s title, just as long as he got the win against Okami at this event. At this point, Okami had a back and forth UFC career and struggled against the top fighters in the division like Chael Sonnen and Rich Franklin. A win for either man would have put them at the top of the rankings, but it was Okami that came out on top. Okami earned the split decision win to walk away the winner and soon after earned his shot at the middleweight title.

Vs. Demian Maia at UFC 131

In what turned out to be one Maia’s final fights in the middleweight division, these two men locked up in Vancouver. It was a fight that many people expected to see Maia use his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu skills to tap out the tough grappler. Instead, the fight went back and forth, but in the end, Munoz walked away with the unanimous decision win.

Vs. Chris Leben at UFC 138

The fight between Munoz and Leben wasn’t a classic fight by any means, but it will live in infamy for one reason. This was the first fight in UFC history that was set for go five rounds that was not a title bout. Contested in Birmingham, England, Munoz needed just 10 of the 25 minutes allotted for the fight to get the TKO win after Leben’s corner stopped the fight.

Vs. Chris Weidman at UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman

For the second time in his UFC career, Munoz had the chance to earn a title shot if he was to get the win. He was facing the upstart and undefeated Weidman in what was the first headlining fight in either of their careers. Unfortunately for Munoz, Weidman proved to be the better man that day, winning via second round KO and in the process, earned a title shot of his own.