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Matt Hamill vs. Mark Munoz signed for UFC 96

Former NCAA All-American Mark Munoz is scheduled to make his UFC debut at UFC 96 on March 7 against season three veteran from The Ultimate Fighter Matt Hamill.

The news first became public following a report by

Munoz, 5-0, will be making his UFC debut following the WEC’s decision to close its light heavyweight and middleweight divisions. While competing for the WEC, Munoz went 2-0 with wins over Chuck Grigsby and Ricardo Barros.

Training under the watchful guidance of WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber in Sacramento, Calif, Munoz has successfully made the transition from standout collegiate wrestler to budding mixed martial arts superstar. Munoz was an NCAA champion while at Oklahoma State, which is a powerhouse in wrestling that has produced the likes of Randy Couture, Jake Rosholt, Johny Hendricks, and Shane Roller.

Hamill will be fighting for the first time since recording a second round TKO over Reese Andy at UFC 92. The win improved his lifetime record to 5-2, with all of his fights having taken place under the UFC banner.

UFC 96 will take place in Columbus, Ohio and emanate from the Nationwide Arena. Other bouts currently expected for the event include Jim Miller vs. Gray Maynard, Shane Carwin vs. Gabriel Gonzaga, and Kendall Grove vs. Jason Day, Dustin Hazelett vs. Ben Saunders, and Shane Nelson vs. Aaron Riley.

  • Max says:

    This looks to be pretty terrible.

  • Tom says:

    “King” Mo Lawal also attended Oklahoma State.

  • Mike Wolfe says:

    I still don’t like Hamill’s stand up, although it is improving. It probably won’t hurt him against Munoz, though.

  • Brandomania says:

    I am a big Hamill fan be he has to learn to keep up his hand and to throw punches in bunches. He may be able to get past Munoz but if this doesn’t improve I don’t see how much farther he can go in the LHW division

  • pinoy mma says:

    Munoz isn’t like the other wrestlers Hamill has fought. He is a former NCAA national wrestling champion from Oklahoma State and is probably one of the most agile big guy wrestlers there is. With King Mo as one of his workout partners i’m sure he’s Game to fight Hamill. Like Holman and Reese Andy aren’t the same caliber wrestler is Munoz.

  • Greg says:

    carwin / gonzaga is gonna steal the show!!! NAPAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jim02 says:

    Mark will dominate the game! 1 Round TKO! Go MARK!


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