You can question his technique standing but if Mark Munoz gets you to the ground, look out. Munoz survived a difficult first round where he got tagged by a big uppercut and was caught in several chokes to score a second round stoppage against Kendall Grove at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi. Munoz got off 15 unanswered punches as Grove turtled and covered up. Referee Marc Goddard stopped the fight at 2:50 of the second.
It was a great comeback win. Munoz, a wrestler out of Oklahoma State, got nailed by an uppercut on a takedown attempt with 3:58 left in the first. From there, he held on to a Grove leg or legs for much of the round. When he wasn't trying survive, Munoz got caught in several chokes. The worst predicament appeared to be at the end of the round as the former All-American refused to tap over the final 12 seconds.
"Yeah I was [hurt]," Munoz told UFC color analyst Joe Rogan. "You gotta have will to survive in the cage. I want to make it to the top. That's what you need to make it to the top."
Grove wasn't as proficient on the feet in the second. Munoz (8-1, 3-1 UFC) came out strong and was swinging widely. He got caught by a big knee, appeared stunned, went down to his knees and Grove tried to take his back. When the Hawaiian attempted to convert to an armbar, Munoz reversed the position. From there, Munoz put his foot on the gas pedal and softened Grove with 15-18 hard body shots. He finally landed a fight changing shot from a standing position when he drilled Grove with a huge right. That was it. Munoz got off a dozen more shots as Grove (11-7, 6-4 UFC) turned his back and covered up.