Mark Muñoz wants to be Pacquiao of MMA


UFC Star Mark Munoz. Photo by AP

MANILA, Philippines—Every fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship has grandiose dreams of becoming the “Manny Pacquiao” of mixed martial arts.

Mark Muñoz thinks he’s not far from becoming one.

Feared for his wrestling ability and relentless ground-and-pound, Muñoz is three steps away from a world title belt in the middleweight of the UFC.

“I will challenge whoever has the belt. I want to be the best, I want to be the Manny Pacquiao of the MMA,” said Muñoz, ranked fourth in the world in his division.

But his big-time vision could take a while.

Muñoz, who won 12 of his last 14 MMA fights, six by knockouts, has had surgery to remove bone spurs in his elbow and should recover in May at the earliest.

“Lots of people counted me out in my fights but I proved them wrong. I improve my weaknesses and refine my strengths,” added the full-bloodied Pinoy whose parents lived in Pasay before migrating to the US.

Born and raised in Vallejo, California, Muñoz is in the Philippines for the first time and worked as cornerman to Raja Shippen in the PXC 29 on Saturday night.

The 34-year-old former US NCAA Division I wrestling champion (2001) is also here to visit his relatives and hold a couple of clinics for MMA enthusiasts.

Off the octagon, Muñoz belies “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” moniker.

A choir boy while growing up, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belter swears he’s consistently attending bible studies if time permits and hearing Mass on weekends.

He’s so friendly that when you meet him on the street, it would be easy to strike a conversation right away.

“It’s Filipino culture. It’s the way my parents raised me. I don’t trash talk anybody. Treat people how you wanted to be treated. I’ll give the shirt off my back if you do it for me. That’s how I am,” said Muñoz.

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  • Feel It

    “Full-bloodied” Filipino? I reckon that’s for when he gets beaten-up in the Octagon…

    Please do correct this.

  • Jose

    Munoz is class.  Would’ve beaten Sonnen and been #1 contender if he hadn’t gotten injured in training, IMO.

    That said, Anderson Silva is Anderson Silva, and I don’t really like his chances there.

    • IanAlera


      Beware of this troll Jose He copied my username and uses it to troll. This IDIOT jose cannot put any comment without resorting to insults. Let us give him what he deserves.


      Stop your trolling… why don’t you just go back to your dog, and do your conversations with it. But don’t forget to use a condom, you might infect your dog.

      And don’t forget that I reminded you that doing anal sex on dogs is animal abuse, ok?

      • Jose

        I’ve nothing to do with it, but based off the content of the 7 notifications I’ve just gotten you deserve any abuse you get.


        Kindly ignore the troll.

      • IanAlera

        Yes kindly ignore Jose, the idiotic troll. 

        jose, I told you many times about the ‘golden rule’. Yet you persisted in insulting people; now a cloned account. Napaka-bobo mo. Did you think you can get away with it?

      • Jose

         I don’t have anything to do with it, troll.

        Why exactly do you think I’m behind it anyways?  I’m not the only one on these boards who thinks you’re a troll.

      • IanAlera


        You have insulted many people in these boards, even way before our first debate.  You are the idiotic troll.  I just responded to your insults.

        No amount of denials can free you from what you did.  You are such an idiot for thinking I wouldn’t find out it was you. DELETE the  troll account you created.

      • Jose

        No, not really.  More pathetic lies from a pathetic liar.

        I don’t care about you, Ian.  If this site had an ignore function, you’d on my list.  I don’t care about you, and I’m not going  put in the effort of making a fake account to annoy you.  I have better things to do than that.

        Go bother someone else, you pathetic loser.

      • IanAlera

        Replying to Jose,

        No, you are the loser.  These things are happening because you chose to be a troll.

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