- Category: Boxing & MMA
- Published Sunday, March 1, 2015
- Toronto Sun
Coming into the fight it was suggested by many that Mark Munoz had spent too much time away from the ring, tending to other pursuits in his busy life.
'The Filipino Wrecking Machine' admitted he led a busy life, but didn't necessarily think it affected his performance in the ring.
He might want to re-think that theory.
Roan Carneiro defeated Munoz at 2:37 of the first-round by submission at UFC 184 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday night.
Carneiro got a headlock on Munoz and slid behind the Mission Viejo, California native and synced in the rear-naked choke hold. Munoz struggled for a few seconds, but it was clear he was out cold. His eyes rolled up in his head and that was that for the 37-year-old.
“I'm back,” Carneiro said after his first UFC fight since 2008. After thanking everyone in his known world, the Brazilian credited his jiu jitsu skills for the win. The middleweight then went on to console the floored Munoz.
“I'm a big fan of his, I have a lot of respect for him.”
As the decision was read, Munoz looked absolutely destroyed with the result. Munoz has now dropped three-straight fights. His last win was at UFC 162 in 2013 when he beat Tim Boetsch by unanimous decision.
After the fight the TV panel, which included Daniel Cormier and Miesha Tate, went on to discuss why Munoz continues to fight.
'Jucao' improves his consecutive wins fight streak to six. His last loss was to Tommy Depret at United Glory World Series Semifinals in May of '11.
Norifumi Yamamoto and Roman Salazar ended in a no contest at 2:37 of the second round. Salazar went in to punch Yamamoto in the face, but the Japanese fighter had his fingers extended and Salazar went forward right into them. The doctor came out and, after the mandatory five-minute time out, Salazar said he couldn't go any longer, citing blurriness in his left eye.
The fight was the first UFC bout for the quick Japanese fighter since 2012, where he lost to Vaughan Lee at UFC 144. Before the fight Salazar credited Yamamoto with opening up the bantamweight division for other fighters.
MEANS IS MEAN
Tim Means defeated Dhiego Lima via at 2:17 of the first round via TKO. Means came out hammering and Lima had no chance. A left knee to the head early on and Lima was ripe for the picking from there. A few seconds later, Means landed a wicked left elbow to the jaw that sent Lima to the mat. He got up, but should have stayed down. Seconds later a straight left by Means put Lima on the mat and it was just a matter time. Means blasted Lima with left after left until the fight was called.
“I've been letting guys get away when guys get hurt, (but not tonight),” the welterweight said.
“What's up UFC? I need a new car,” Means said in reference to the US$50,000 fight of the night bonus.
Heavyweight Derrick Lewis defeated Ruan Potts at 3:18 of the second round via TKO in the first fight of the under card. Potts took the first big shot of the fight less than two minutes into round one when he took a knee to the package. Following the time out for the low blow, Potts got Lewis to the ground and tried to leg lock Lewis into submission but the hold was too high and Lewis rolled three times before he escaped. Lewis seemed the better fighter toward the end of the round as he landed a number of killer blows on the ground and pound.
Round two saw Potts forgo his game plan and let Lewis pound away on him with fists and elbows. With one minute gone in the second round, Lewis was ahead 48-0 in head shots. The announcers called for a Lewis win and it came just over 30 seconds later as he beat upon the head of his opponent until referee Jerin Valel stepped in and showed mercy for the South African fighter.
UFC host Joe Rogan commented the fight should have ended sooner than it did and Lewis agreed. “The fight should have been over in the first round,” Lewis said.
Roan Carneiro def. Mark Munoz via first-round submission.
Norifumi Yamamoto vs. Roman Salazar ended in a second-round no contest
Tim Means def. Dhiego Lima via first-round TKO
Derrick Lewis def. Ruan Potts via second-round TKO
Valmir Lazaro def. James Krause via split decision
Masio Fullen def. Alex Torres via split decision