Former NCAA All-American Mark Munoz is scheduled to make his UFC debut at UFC 96 on March 7 against season three veteran from The Ultimate Fighter Matt Hamill.
The news first became public following a report by MMAjunkie.com.
Munoz, 5-0, will be making his UFC debut following the WEC’s decision to close its light heavyweight and middleweight divisions. While competing for the WEC, Munoz went 2-0 with wins over Chuck Grigsby and Ricardo Barros.
Training under the watchful guidance of WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber in Sacramento, Calif, Munoz has successfully made the transition from standout collegiate wrestler to budding mixed martial arts superstar. Munoz was an NCAA champion while at Oklahoma State, which is a powerhouse in wrestling that has produced the likes of Randy Couture, Jake Rosholt, Johny Hendricks, and Shane Roller.
Hamill will be fighting for the first time since recording a second round TKO over Reese Andy at UFC 92. The win improved his lifetime record to 5-2, with all of his fights having taken place under the UFC banner.
UFC 96 will take place in Columbus, Ohio and emanate from the Nationwide Arena. Other bouts currently expected for the event include Jim Miller vs. Gray Maynard, Shane Carwin vs. Gabriel Gonzaga, and Kendall Grove vs. Jason Day, Dustin Hazelett vs. Ben Saunders, and Shane Nelson vs. Aaron Riley.