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Mark Munoz to make middleweight debut at UFC 102

April 20, 2009 by  
Filed under Featured, Latest Media

mark-munoz-2Mark Munoz (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who recently made his UFC debut with a loss to Matt Hamill at UFC 96, will drop a weight class to meet middleweight Nick Catone (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC 102. 

Sources close to the bout told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) verbal agreements are in place and that bout agreements were recently distributed. 

Although not officially announced, UFC 102 is expected to take place on Aug. 29, most likely in Portland, Ore. 

As previously reported, UFC 102 is expected to feature a main event between former UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and UFC hall-of-famer Randy Couture. 

Munoz, a former WEC fighter, quickly moved up the MMA ladder after his successful collegiate wrestling career, which included two-time All-American honors and two Big 12 titles while at Oklahoma State University. The 31-year-old, though, suffered his first loss in six pro fights when he was floored by a first-round knockout via head kick by Hamill. 

He’ll look for his first octagon win when he meets Catone, a fighter originally brought into the UFC to fight “The Ultimate Fighter 7″ winner Amir Sadollah. However, two scheduled bouts with Sadollah fell through due to injuries, and Catone instead made his octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 17 with a second-round submission victory over fellow UFC newcomer Derek Downey. Catone returned less than two months later at UFC Fight Night 18 but was tapped out by Tim Credeur in the second round. 

The latest UFC 102 card now includes:

  • Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira*
  •  vs. Brandon Vera*
  • Chris Leben vs. Jake Rosholt*
  • Nick Catone vs. Mark Munoz*
  • Junior dos Santos vs. Justin McCully*

MMA Junkie April 20, 2009

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