Written and Photographed
By Jude Bautista
The top Pinoy UFC fighter Mark ‘The Filipino Wrecking Machine’ Muñoz is finally back here in Manila. He will have an open work out 3pm at the Mall of Asia Music Hall March 10, 2013 Sunday. Thousands of UFC fans are expected to show up. Official Mark Muñoz merchandise from t-shirts to caps are available at the venue.
Mark also announced his upcoming fight against Tim Boetsch on UFC 162 in MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas slated for July 6. The main card is middleweight champ Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman. Other fights include Roger Gracie vs. Tim Kennedy, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante vs. Thiago Silva. UFC 162 will be aired locally on BALLS July 7, 2013.
During the Press con Muñoz revealed that his parents are from Bicol who settled in Sta. Ana Manila. Later on they were able to move to San Diego, California. Muñoz had a stellar collegiate wrestling career before becoming a UFC fighter. And has actually trained current middleweight champ Anderson Silva to improve takedowns and wrestling skills in general. Mark is also scheduled to train top homegrown MMA fighter Eduard Folayong for one month this coming May in his gym REIGN TRAINING Center in Lake Forest, California.
He has visited several MMA gyms in Manila while meeting his relatives again. The last time he was here he saw 60 relatives and ate a lot of food in a restaurant. Filipino food according to him is one of the best reasons to come home. Watch out for more pics and articles on the Filipino Wrecking Machine. During the press con I was also able to make new friends in Raymond Varilla, Jasmine Cuizon of projectlifestyle.com and Mars Callo Pinoyfitness.com. Make sure to log on their websites link.