Mark Munoz vs. Luke Barnatt Added to UFC Manila

March 10, 2015
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The UFC is making its Filipino debut with a fight card that is already top heavy for a Fight Night event, but the promotion has added a couple more bouts to the line-up.

A key middleweight bout between “The Filipino Wrecking Machine,” Mark Munoz, and lanky Brit Luke Barnatt was the key announcement.

13-Mark-Munoz-UFC-162-weigh-750Munoz (13-6) recently returned to the Octagon at UFC 184 following a nine-month injury induced layoff. His return only continued a rough patch for the once promising 185-pounder, as he was choked unconscious by Roan Carneiro.

Munoz has now lost three consecutive bouts and four of his last five over the past three years. He is in dire need of a victory and would certainly like to do so in front the home country of his parents.

Barnatt (8-2) recently lost his spot on the UFC Fight Night 63 slated for April 4 when his opponent, Clint Hester, had to withdraw due to an injury. UFC officials were unable to secure a suitable replacement, so Barnatt will instead take the trip to the Philippines to fight Munoz.

> SEE ALSO: UFC Cancels Fairfax Fight Between Barnatt and Hester Following Injury

The UFC also added a bantamweight fight between undefeated Singaporean Royston Wee (4-0) and The Ultimate Fighter China winner Ning Guangyou (4-2-1).

UFC Fight Night 66 is scheduled for May 16 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. The headliner pits former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar against former WEC featherweight titleholder Urijah Faber in a 145-pound, five-round main event. The co-main event features former Strikeforce and Dream champion Gegard Mousasi against Costa Philippou.

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  • Joe Dog

    Oh joy! “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” getting wrecked in yet another one round UFC extravaganza.

  • Sean Patrick Sinagra

    Munoz needs to get back to the ground n pound

    • shakejunt

      he’s gotta remember how to make it to the ground without simply waking up there or getting put there first.

  • shakejunt

    barnatt will probably tko him, his sprawl seems good enough to stop mark’s telegraphed takedowns. it’s probably his farewell fight. for his health, i hope it is at least.

    • uncle

      I think you’re right about his farewell fight. Mark might break and start
      doing some roids for this fight .his a** is grass if he loses again.

      • shakejunt

        i was just speculating, but apparently he has come out and said that this will be his last fight, win or lose.

  • Guest

    its sad to see what Munoz has become.

  • Joe Dog

    Announcing his retirement before the fight, win lose or draw seems a sure fire guarantee that Munoz will be lame. They will have to wake him up to give him his check.