Family can take a back seat when careers are being built, and fighters are no strangers to this. Most recently, middleweight fighter Mark Munoz announced that he will hang up his gloves after UFC Fight Night 66 against Luke Barnatt.
While a declining record may play a small factor in Munoz’s decision to call it quits, he spoke with MMAjunkie, saying, “I’m dead set on this being my last fight. It’s a decision I made. For me it’s about my family. These past six years have gone by so fast. My oldest daughter, she’s 15. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in the UFC.”
Munoz currently holds a record of 13-6 MMA, and 8-6 UFC, and at certain points of his career, he looked to be one of the best middleweights in the sport. And for his final fight, he will enter the UFC octagon in the Philippines on May 15 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
In his last 5 fights, Munoz had a record of 1-4, showcasing a downward trend with four stoppage losses. But with all four of his children watching, Munoz will pull out all the stops to make sure his last fight is a memorable one.
During the interview with MMAjunkie, Munoz reminisced on his career, talking about one of his best moments in a fight against Demian Maia. “He was knocking on the door of another title shot and I went in there and executed my gameplay very well and got the victory there.” He went on to talk about a few other notable stories, including a fight against Tim Boetsch after coming back from an injury.
Check out the “Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz take on Luke Barnatt during UFC Fight Night 66 on FOX Sports 1 after the preliminary fights on UFC Fight Pass. Who do you think will win the fight? Let us know in the comments below.