Mark Munoz was one of four fighters who attended the final UFC 96 press conference. Much of the media covering UFC for the first time had to be asking, who is this guy? Afterall, he's making his UFC debut yet he's one of the top four fighters featured? Maybe that says a lot about the promotion's regard for the guy. The 2001 NCAA wrestling champ at 197 pounds is getting rave reviews from fighters in Southern California as he makes the move over from WEC.
Munoz is trying to develop his game quickly and is excited about his work at the famed Wild Card Gym with Freddie Roach. Munoz got to work with boxing champs like Michael Moorer, James Toney and Manny Pacquiao. He raved about Pacman, a fellow Filipino. He's gained a lot of respect for boxers and their striking:
"(James Toney) has got years and years of boxing experience," Munoz said when asked if he had a chance to step into the ring with Toney. "I'm just learning how to pick it up and weave it into my style of mixed martial arts. If we did strictly boxing sparring, dude it's a wrap, I'm done. It's good just to see the mechanics of how you should punch."
Watch Munoz talk boxing and his opponent Matt Hamill with Cage Writer: