Going into his fight against Luke Barnatt, Mark Munoz knew it was going to be his final ride inside the Octagon, as "The Filipino Wrecking Machine" announced that it would be his final time competing in mixed martial arts (MMA).
And his final fight just so happened to be in front of his countrymen in Manila, Philippines early Saturday morning (May 16, 2015) live on FOX Sports 1 on the UFC Fight Night 66 main card.
An emotional Munoz came out with energy, finding his range early on against the much taller fighter. From there, it was all Munoz, who used his top-notch wrestling game to dictate and control the pace and earn himself numerous takedowns.
Round two saw a slower pace, after both men spent plenty of energy in the opening frame. But, Munoz, the former National Champion at Oklahoma State, once again relied on his grappling to get some points from the judges' and wear the Brit down.
Barnatt stood tough though, eating several overhand rights from "The Filipino Wrecking Machine," even mocking his foe after taking the hits. Ultimately, Munoz picked up the pace in the final round, as he was determined to end his fighting career on top as opposed to going out on a four-fight losing streak.
No one was going to deny Munoz his fairy tale ending, as he used his striking in the final frame to remind fight fans of a fighter who was once considered a title contender in the stacked Middleweight division.
Though he never got to the big dance, no one would prevent Munoz from earning his perfect ride into the sunset, as he dominated his foe en route to a unanimous decision victory.
To cap off an incredible performance, Munoz put together an absolutely legendary farewell speech, thanking his adoring fans in the Philippines, and setting his gloves down in the center of the Octagon.
Way to go out on top.
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