WEC light heavyweight Mark Munoz will be added to the short list of fighters that will be promoted to the UFC. Earlier this year, Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the WEC and the UFC, announced that they intended to eliminate the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions in the WEC, so that promotion can focus on the lighter weight classes. Zuffa intended to promote some of the WEC’s elite 185 and 205-pounders, however they haven’t found many that have been deserving.
The 5-0 Munoz defeated Ricardo Barros via 1stRound TKO in his last outing at WEC 37. He is one of the WEC’s more exciting fighters, finishing off all but one of his opponents before the final bell.
What also played into Munoz’ favor for his promotion was that he is of Filipino descent. The UFC announced their intentions earlier this year to hold their first ever MMA event in the Philippines sometime in 2009.
Having as many Filipino fighters under their umbrella for that event will only be to their advantage, as the UFC continues on their journey for world dominance.
Currently, the UFC has two Filipino fighters that they would be able to feature on the southeast Asian card – the ever-popular Brandon Vera and “TUF 8” lightweight finalist Phillipe Nover.
Nover will be battling Efrain Escudero this Saturday at “The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale” for a six-figure UFC contract. There is little doubt who the UFC will be pulling for in that fight.