While most fans know UFC middleweight sensation Mark Munoz for his violent ways inside the cage, “The Filipino Wrecking Machine’s” initial claim to fame came on the wrestling mat. Munoz’s latest accomplishment arrives this Saturday when he will be inducted into the California State Wrestling Hall of Fame.
“I feel very blessed and humbled to be honored in such a way,” Munoz posted on his official website. “Thank you, for all of you that have shown your love and support on the road of this achievement!”
Munoz holds a dominant 8-1 MMA record and was last seen knocking out Kendall Grove at UFC 112 in April. The 185-pounder is one of the sport’s most decorated wrestlers, as the two-time Big 12 champion also earned back-to-back All-America honors during his tenure at Oklahoma State University.
He received a bachelor’s degree in health science en route to becoming a three-time NWCA All-Academic team member as well.
Prior to his collegiate achievements, Munoz was a two-time California State Wrestling Champion for Vallejo High School. He was also an Asics First Team All-American and the 1996 NHSCA National High School Champion.
The ceremony takes place May 15th at the The Holiday Inn in Sacramento, California. Please click HERE for more information.
Munoz is expected to return to the Octagon in a pivotal middleweight showdown against Yushin Okami at UFC 117.