By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau
July 8, 2013
LAS VEGAS – The MGM Grand Arena was jam-packed for UFC 162: Silva versus Weidman.
Also eagerly anticipated was the return of Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Muñoz, who was fighting in the undercard against American Tim Boetsch.
Showing no ill effects from his year-long layoff, Muñoz dominated all three rounds, punishing Boetsch with body shots as he dominated his opponent on the ground.
Muñoz said he tried to go for the knock out but Boetsch was just too tough.
“With Tim Boestch, astig siya. I tried to hit him much as I can, as hard as I can. He took the shots and he was able to, able to come back so it is a testament of who he is. I try to knock him out but he keep on coming,” Muñoz was quoted as saying.
Muñoz revealed he hurt his right hand during the match. For now, he will take a break as he awaits news about his next opponent.
He revealed the UFC is considering matching him up with other top middleweights Vitor Belfort and Michael Bisping.
Meanwhile, the MMA world is still in shock over the loss of long-time champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva to American Chris Weidman.
A left hook was the beginning of the end for the Brazilian fighter who was defending the middleweight belt for a record 11th time. The UFC is now setting up a possible Weidman-Silva rematch for Super Bowl weekend in February 2014.