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Munoz is primed for move over to the UFC

Steve Cofield
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Mark Munoz was awesome again. The former Oklahoma State wrestling star destroyed Ricardo Barros in less than 2 1/2 minutes. Munoz got into a dominant position riding Barros' back with 3:48 left in the round and then unloaded a flurry of punches in two separate stints (15 and 29). Barros tried multiple attempts to spin to his back but Munoz kept control forcing Barros into the turtle position.

"I just know when I take the back my heavy hands take over," said Munoz. "I was controlling the hip and raining down those hands. (The key) is the confidence I'm getting with training."

It was interesting to hear Munoz mention his boxing work with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles. The Filipino is an intriguing prospect and should get a nice push in the UFC. He wrestled in college at 197 pounds and will probably be better served fighting at 185 in a more open UFC middleweight division.

Diego Nunez won a slow paced fight over Cole Province in the preceding fight.

Another Oklahoma State wrestler Johny Hendricks stormed to a win over Justin Haskins but it wasn't easy. Haskins, a student of UFC's lightweight Kurt Pellegrino, showed a well-rounded game in the opening round. He actually outwrestled Hendricks, a two-time Div. 1 National Champion. That included picking up Hendricks and spiking him on his head at one point. Haskins won the first but one punch can change everything in mixed martial arts. Hendricks caught Haskins with an uppercut 41 seconds into the second. Haskins went down and never recovered as Hendricks threw a dozen punches to finish.

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