MUNOZ LOOKS TO INSPIRE A NATION WITH 'STORYBOOK ENDING' IN MANILA
By: Peter Carroll, FIGHTLAND
"In his last three fights 'The Filipino Wrecking Machine' Mark Munoz has taken three first round losses. A perennial middleweight title contender for a number of years, the wrestling standout has always gone out on his shield for the MMA world whether it be in victory or defeat, but this Saturday he will make the walk for the last time.
"It feels like there has been a lot on the plate of Munoz in the lead up to his much-anticipated swan song in Manila. His very own facility Reign Training Center has been closed in the lead up to the contest. His last fight ever will go in tandem with UFC’s first trip to the Philippines, a country where he probably has more fans than any other MMA fighter. Despite that, Munoz claims it’s been 'business as usual' in the lead up to his last outing against Luke Barnatt.
“'It is an emotional time for me, but otherwise it’s been business as usual,' he says almost underselling the momentous occasion of his last trip to the Octagon. 'I’ve always had a lot of stuff going on in my life and this is my last go-around in the Octagon. For me, I’ve always had the goal of having that gold strap around my waist."
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