by Tom Hamlin – MMAWeekly.com
Light heavyweight wrestling standouts Matt Hamill and Mark Munoz will face off at the upcoming UFC 96 in Columbus, Ohio. Sources close to both fighters confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that bout agreements have been signed and the fight is a lock.
Hamill, 32, on Saturday evening signed the Munoz bout as part of a new six-fight deal with the promotion. He last appeared at UFC 92, defeating IFL veteran Reese Andy by TKO. In the last fifteen months, the three-time NCAA champion has shown an increasingly impressive skill set on his feet while maintaining his strong wrestling base. 5-2 in professional competition, he first entered the spotlight on the third season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” the first deaf fighter to appear in the organization.
Munoz, 30, emigrated to the UFC following the WEC’s elimination of the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions. The 2001 NCAA champion last defeated Ricardo Barros at the WEC 37, the last to feature light heavyweights. Undefeated in five professional bouts, Munoz began his training at former WEC featherweight champ Uriah Faber’s Ultimate Fitness Academy, but has recently been working with the Gracie Academy and Joker’s Wild Academy in southern California.