Three years ago, Mark Munoz was one of the top contenders in the UFC middleweight division. Everything was good for the “Filipino Wrecking Machine.” He won four fights in a row against decent opponents dating back to Nov. 20, 2010, and many people believed he was only one win away from competing against then champion Anderson Silva. Fast forward three years and everything has changed.
Munoz has struggled since the UFC middleweight division’s scenery has changed. In 2012, he lost in violent fashion to Chris Weidman, a fight that set the challenger up with a title fight and victory over Silva. It can be argued that had Munoz won that fight, he would have been the one challenging Silva for the title in July 2013.
Munoz rebounded with a decision victory over Tim Boetsch only to lose two fights in a row to Lyoto Machida and Gegard Mousasi. Both of those fights ended in the first round by KO and submission, respectively. Those two losses have dropped his stock drastically in a division that is quickly becoming loaded with talent.
At the age of 36, Munoz’s time may be running out for a potential title run. Though he is currently ranked seventh in the UFC rankings (it’s doubtful the UFC has updated its rankings), the division is becoming top heavy with contenders likes of Vitor Belfort, Machida, Jacare Souza and Luke Rockhold waiting on their shot at the title.
Skill-wise, nothing much has changed for Munoz. He is still aggressive and contains decent boxing skills. Against a Yoel Romero or Thales Leites, those skills would earn him a victory. Now that the division is growing deeper and deeper with talent, Munoz is quickly becoming nonexistent when it comes to title talk.
Munoz will continue to win fights against the lower-tier fighters, but when it comes to elite fighters, he has officially fallen off the ladder.