Vera wins; Muñoz get knocked out.

On March 7, 2009 (March 8, Manila), UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine happened. In included in the preliminary card was a match between Brandon “The Truth” Vera and Mike Patt. In the main card of this event, Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Muñoz, made his UFC debut against TUF3 Alumni Matt “The Hammer” Hamill. Both fights were in the Light Heavyweight division.
 
Vera Wins. The Truth is back.
Vera defeats Patt via TKO (leg kick)

Vera knocks down Patt via his sick leg kicks.

When Brandon “The Truth” Vera came inside the octagon, it was obvious that he was in top condition. And a more focused Vera came out.

He looked very well adjusted in the Light Heavyweight division, after his two straight losses in the Heavyweight Division to Tim Sylvia and Fabricio Werdum, a division where he started out very dominant.

He started out in the LHW division with an unimpressive unanimous decision win against Reese Andy, followed by a disappointing split decision loss to Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine.

Vera defeated Mike Patt via old school Muay Thai leg kicks at 1:27 of the 2nd round.   The result of the match was very much what Vera needed. This match proved that Vera still has it and that he is back. I just hope that in his coming fights, he improves more and impresses the fans more. What ever he did to get his mojo back, he should have done it a long time ago. But still, it was great.

For some reason, after the fight with Frank Mir in the Heavyweight Division, he seemed to have lost the fire in his eyes; The hunger to win. But in this fight, a very different Vera came out. He was like a very hungry animal inside the cage. If he continues this attitude, as I quote on Michael Disanto’s article on the UFC website:

…the guy who showed up on Saturday night can beat any light heavy in the world on any given night.

Shortly after the disappointing loss from Brandon Vera, it was announced that Mike Patt is to be released by the UFC. He lost in his UFC debut to Tim Boetsch via TKO(punches) at 2:03 of the 1st round. 
 
Muñoz gets knocked out in his UFC debut. “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” gets wrecked by “The Hammer”.
 
Munoz KOed by Hamill

"The Hammer" knocks the lights out of "The Filipino Wrecking Machine".

Prior to this match, Muñoz had an impressive MMA record of W:5-L:0. This included two victories in the WEC which ended via TKO(punches) and TKO(strikes).  A former All American and NCAA Division 1 National Wrestling Champion, who goes by the nickname “The Filipino Wrecking Machine”, Mark Muñoz had his first MMA fight back in 2007.

During his match against Hamill, his inexperience showed. Everybody, was surprised with how the fight ended. The right leg roundhouse kick that knocked out Muñoz surprised not only the fans but the commentators, Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan as well.

It was really an unexpected move by Hamill. Nobody even thought he could  do such a thing. It left Muñoz out cold and the medical team rushed inside the cage to check on him. He was brought out in a stretcher.

I honestly think that Muñoz needs to work on his striking and defense. He was throwing punches during the match but there were instances when he could have thrown kicks to Hamill. And aside from that, Hamill’s kick was blockable. Based on the clip, you could see that he tried to block the kick but blocked too low; Thus, resulted to his knock down.

 Mark Muñoz should learn some kickboxing to supplement his standup. And maybe some JiuJitsu to supplement his ground game. I guess he could learn a lot more from his friend Urjiah Faber. He could also approach Brandon Vera to ask for help. Whatever Vera did in his training for this event, Muñoz needs it too.

After the fight, people from the UFC announced that nothing serious happened to Muñoz and he is out of danger.

2 thoughts on “Vera wins; Muñoz get knocked out.

  1. What the heck brandon vera’s feet was? Was it as hard as a baseball bat. While I’m watching the inset video, I’m trying to think the soreness that he gave to his opponent. I believed that Vera has a tremendous comeback and I supposed that fight is a statement! Come on brandon, make the FILIPINO proud!

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