Another History Made: UFC 112 Mark Munoz vs. Kendall Grove

Another History Made: UFC 112 Mark Munoz vs. Kendall GroveIn examining the best wrestling resume, Mark Munoz really has it all. He has proved this distinguished identity in two of his challenges in World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) through technical knockouts. This was even before he moved to the higher Ultimate Fighting Championship challenges. During his fight with Matt Hamill, things did not go well as planned, as he was knocked out.

More Fighting Skills from Munoz

The hope wasn’t lost since then rather it triggered his move to another division—the middleweight. He was then titled “Filipino Wrecking Machine” to win over the 185 pounds division, who only lost once in his 8 rounds. He expects to continue his winning streak in the main event of UFC to be telecast on FUEL TV 4. His opponent was Chris Weidman, who is also fighting to continue his winning streak on Octagon. Even before this fight, Munoz fought with Kendall Grove at UFC 112 with the former winning and surviving with little injury.

Grove vs. Munoz

UFC 112 began with a blast when Munoz dives and goes for the body shot that is avoided by Grove. Another attempt from Munoz but Grove responded with a knee hit on his head. Munoz charges with more shots and with takedown via double leg. A powerful punch was released by Munoz and hit Grove who was quick to stand up and get back. He does an all-punching attack on Grove. But the fight turned upside down when Munoz earns an uppercut from Grove. Less than two minutes before the fight ends, both were attempting a takedown but Munoz gets Grove in anaconda choke. Two hooks from Munoz cracked Grove. After further battering Grove with several punches, Munoz earns another ankle from the former. It was Munoz has been waiting all the time as finishes with several jabs on Grove.

A Winning Streak for Lopez Versus Ortiz Via Knockout

A Winning Streak for Lopez Versus Ortiz Via KnockoutThe fight between Victor Ortiz and Josesito Lopez decided it all. During the 9th round at the Staples center fight. Afterwards, Ortiz complained a broken jaw done by Lopez. This prompted Ortiz team to discontinue and succumb to Lopez being the winner. Nonetheless, before the fight, Ortiz already had plans to have a fight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at the start of the 4th quarter this year.  The fight date and venue was already set for WBC super welterweight title. Nonetheless, his defeat came with a knockout loss.

Now that defeat came to Ortiz, the fight would certainly come to Lopez to fight Canelo at the ringside. Ortiz was also defeated by Floyd Mayweather last September 2011 during a knockout in 4th round. Ortiz had declared that he would not fight since his jaw was severely injured during the fight with Lopez. No medical confirmation had confirmed the broken jaw of Ortiz. Nonetheless, he was stunned after the ninth round when Lopez’s left hand hit his jaw.

Even though Ortiz had more punches than Lopez with a 147–122 margin, he was also willing to exchange good shots with the opponent. The 10th ring of the bell was the signal to go and get ready but the referee already signaled the fight was over.

The fight wasn’t for Ortiz but for Andre Berto versus Lopez. However, the fight was given to Ortiz, as Berto tested for steroids and came out positive. After this result, it became a rematch for Ortiz and Lopez of their April 2011 fight under a unanimous decision. Nonethess, Ortiz was reminded for hitting Lopez at the nape during fifth round. This has made Lopez dizzy and needed a minute or two to refocus. Nonetheless, Lopez finished the boxing fight.

In the end, Lopez won the fight via knockout and announced Ortiz to be Alvarez’s next challenger.

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