A middleweight match has been added to the undercard of UFC 108 in Las Vegas as former NCAA champion wrestler Mark Munoz makes his return to action to face four-time UFC veteran Ryan Jensen.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday by sources close to the fight. It was initially reported by MMAJunkie.com.
Munoz, who dropped to 185 pounds for the first time in his MMA career for his last fight, looks to get back to his dominant ways that saw him pick up five wins in a row to start his career including three TKO victories.
Making his UFC debut in March against former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor Matt Hamill, Munoz suffered a devastating knockout loss, and then decided to move to a more natural weight for him fighting in the middleweight division.
Since that time, Munoz appeared once in the Octagon getting a split decision win over fellow wrestler Nick Catone in August.
Ryan Jensen steps into the fight against Munoz hoping to improve upon his 1-3 record in the UFC. Jensen had no easy tasks early in his UFC career drawing fights with top middleweights such as Demian Maia, Thales Leites, and Wilson Gouveia.
His first taste of success in the UFC came in his last bout via a controversial submission win over Arizona Combat Sports fighter Steve Steinbeiss. Jensen locked on a guillotine choke and the referee stepped in to stop the fight despite no tap or signal from his opponent that he was finished.
Munoz vs. Jensen will help fill in the untelevised portion of the undercard for an as of yet unannounced main event for the Jan. 2 show, although speculation points at UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva defending his belt against Vitor Belfort.