Filipino mixed martial artist Mark Muñoz slumped to his second consecutive defeat after losing by submission to Gegard Mousasi in the main event of UFC Fight Night at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany on Saturday.
Muñoz scored a slam early in the bout, but Mousasi recovered quickly, and from then on controlled the bout. Mousasi took the fight to the mat, where he was able to apply a rear naked choke that forced Muñoz to tap out at the 3:57 mark of the very first round.
It was the 36-year-old Muñoz’s second consecutive loss, having been knocked out by former UFC light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida in October 2013.
It was also Muñoz’s third loss in his last four bouts.
“I worked a lot on the rear naked choke and guillotine. He’s a wrestler, so he always come forward. I want to pick up the angle and slowly go forward,” said Mousasi, as quoted by MMA Fighting.
After the initial slam, Mousasi had shaken off Muñoz’s other takedown attempts and used his striking to control the “Filipino Wrecking Machine,” before eventually going for the submission.
Mousasi believes that his victory over Muñoz brings him closer to a title shot in the middleweight division.
“I think I’m going to get a win over Luke Rockhold or Tim Kennedy to get a bit closer to a title shot. I’m not calling anyone out, but I’m sure I’ll get a winner,” he said.
Muñoz now has a record of 13 wins with five losses. His last victory came in July 2013, when he outpointed Tim Boetsch at UFC 162.