Not long ago, Mark Munoz announced he’ll be hanging up the gloves after he competes at UFC FN 66, and the veteran insists that’s not going to change.
Munoz is booked to fight Luke Barnatt at the May 16th show, which will go down in Pasay, Philippines. Due to his Filipino heritage, Munoz asked the UFC to put him on the card, and after they obliged, the 37 year-old announced it would be his last scrap.
Of course, many fighters in the past have said they’re going to retire and don’t. Or retire, and then decide to come back, but Munoz says that’s not going to happen. The highly regarded middleweight recently spoke to MMA Junkie.com about his decision to hang em-up, and here is some of what Munoz had to say:
“I’m dead set on this being my last fight,” Munoz said. “It’s a decision I made. For me it’s about my family. These past six years have gone by so fast. My oldest daughter, she’s 15. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in the UFC. It’s been six years. Since I’ve been in mixed martial arts it’s been seven years. So pretty much half her life I’ve been competing in mixed martial arts. I’m getting emotional even thinking about the times and special moments I’ve missed with her. I don’t want to make the same mistake with my three younger children.”
It’s completely understandable. Munoz was also operating the famous Reign facility for much of that time as well, but recently he announced he’s sold the gym to spend more time at home.
Munoz will be looking to end a three fight losing skid at UFC FN 66 and to go out on a winning note. “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” is coming off losses to Gegard Mousasi, Lyoto Machida and most recently Roan Carneiro, after defeating Tim Boetsch in 2013.
Barnatt, meanwhile, has dropped consecutive, split decisions to Roger Narvaez and Sean Strickland.
UFC FN 66 will be headlined by a featherweight fight between Urijah Faber and Frankie Edgar.