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Muñoz sees potential in Filipino MMA fighters

Dennis Acosta
By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY--For the retiring Mark Muñoz, the Philippines could be a rising force in MMA.

"There is so much talent here in the Philippines. I feel that [the fighters'] skill are good," Muñoz said early Sunday after the first ever UFC Fight Night in the country at the Mall of Asia Arena.

However, Muñoz, known for his grappling skills, is also aware that there is still a lot of room to improve on them considering that the recent Filipino MMA world champions, who were known strikers, lost their titles to opponents who play the exact opposite of their style.

"For me, it's just connecting the dots. Wrestling is what keeping everything together," he further told the press.

With that, he signified his intention to build a wrestling school in the Philippines to make the fighters more versatile.

"That's what I wanna do. I wanna develop the fighters in wrestling and take the sport up a notch here in the Philippines," Muñoz vowed as he hangs his fight gloves for good.