"The Filipino Wrecking Machine" Mark Muñoz
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-American MMA fighter Mark Munoz is in negotiations with the UFC for a new contract following his loss to Dutch fighter Gegard Mousasi in UFC Fight Night.
Munoz has been removed from the UFC rankings after his contract expired. His recent bout against Mousasi last May 31 was the final fight in his contract.
Munoz admitted in Brett Okamoto’s report to ESPN.com that he decided to exhaust his old contract in hopes of “building leverage at the negotiating table.”
“For me, I wanted to get the most favorable contract I could get,” Munoz said. “I was holding out until my last fight and if I had beat Mousasi, which didn’t work out for me, it probably would have boosted my likelihood of getting that contract.”
He is hoping he could get a new contract despite losing three of his last four bouts.
The Filipino-American added that he wants to stay with the UFC, which he considers a “top organization.”
“Having said that, I do have a wife and kids, you know? I want something that’s good for my family. I do want to stay in the UFC, though. There is no other organization I want to fight for,” he said.
A UFC official confirmed in MMA Weekly that Munoz is currently a free agent.
“Mark is no longer under contract at this time. However, we are negotiating towards a new agreement,” the official said.