Mark Munoz has decided to drop down to middleweight and will be facing Nick Catone at UFC 102, which is scheduled for August 29th and will be held in Portland Oregon.
MMAWeekly.com is reporting that the bout was confirmed to them on Sunday by sources close to the fight.
Munoz, an All-American wrestler who had made two successful appearances in the WEC, is coming off a loss to fellow wrestler Matt Hamill at UFC 96. Hamill landed a head kick to Munoz about four minutes into the first round and sent the Philippine fighter crashing to the canvas where he laid motionless for a few moments. At 6 feet tall fighting as a middleweight is probably the best move for him and cutting weight should not be a problem for him what so ever.
Catone finally made his debut in the UFC at Fight Night 17 where he defeated Derek Downey via second round submission. He was scheduled to fight The Ultimate Fighter season 8 winner Amir Sadollah on two separate occasions but Sadollah was forced to pull out each time. Catone made a quick return to the octagon at Fight Night 18 less than two months later where he was submitted in the second round by Tim Credeur.
UFC 102 is starting to shape up nicely with Randy Couture facing Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera in a battle of former UFC heavyweight champions. Also scheduled for the card is the return of Chris Leben from suspension as he will battle WEC veteran Jake Rosholt, Junior dos Santos takes on Justin McCully in a match-up of heavyweights and Chael Sonnen will face Wilson Gouveia. Couture, Sonnen and Leben have ties to the area as they have all at one time trained with Team Quest, in fact Sonnen still trains there and should attract a lot of local fans. There has been rumblings of Anderson Silva defending his middleweight championship against an unnamed opponent but nothing is set in stone.