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Filipino fighter wins at UFC 131
Pinoy pride!
by Gelo Gonzales | Jun 14, 2011
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While most of us were all caught up in the hubbub that was the 2011 NBA Finals, one Filipino brother did us proud in the field of mixed martial arts this past weekend.
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Mark Munoz, also known as “The Filipino Wrecking Machine,” came out victorious against feared Brazilian jiu jitsu specialist, Demian Maia at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 131 held at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada on Sunday.

The fight lasted the whole three rounds, in a bout that showcased Munoz’s grit, grappling, and fierce ground-and-pound tenacity. Demian Maia, a Brazilian, dominated the first round and was nearly able to make Munoz tap out, exhibiting his mastery of jiu jitsu. As we’ve seen in many Filipino fighters however, we aren’t exactly one to give up that easily.

Showing resilience, Munoz adjusted his tactics, and enforced his will to turn the fight’s flow into his favor. His takedown defense sharpened, his striking improved, which among others helped lead Munoz to a unanimous decision. It wasn’t the knockout that Munoz predicted, but we’ll take what we can get.

The victory improved the 33-year-old’s UFC record to 11 wins and 2 losses, and dropped Maia to a record of 14 wins and 3 losses. Munoz’s win over Maia could not be considered as anything less than a nice step forward towards the middleweight title—a spot occupied by one of the sport’s best, Anderson Silva. Admittedly, Munoz might have a bit of a way to go before he could get a date with Silva in the UFC Octagon, because as much as we want to be in full support of our Filipino fighters, Silva currently is still on a totally different level.

In an interview with MMAjunkie.com, UFC president Dana White said how impressed he was with Munoz’s performance. “He's definitely on a great win streak. Beating Demian Maia is a big deal. It was a good, tough fight tonight, and it was funny because Demian Maia looked awesome. The fact that he bought Demian Maia, and the fact that he beat Demian the way that Demian fought tonight was unbelievable.”

As for a title shot though, White has adopted a “we’ll-see-what-happens” approach. And the only way for Munoz to convince him otherwise is this: keep on winning. Congratulations once again to “The Filipino Wrecking Machine!”

   




 



 

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WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES
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