Machida vs. Munoz, winner bought dinner, as promised

by Kirik Jenness |

A few years back a friend at the last minute couldn't corner one of his fighters, and asked if I would step in. The opponent was a guy I liked and known for ever, Jerry Spiegel. After the fight , I went to Jerry, who won, and told him I felt bad cornering against him.

He gave me a look and said "I would fight my brother with my other brother cornering - this is a a sport."

Jerry Spiegel is right. Mixed martial arts is called fighting, but it isn't a fight, it is a sport, and it is okay for friends to play sports against each other, even this one.

Such was the case Saturday might, when former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida made his middleweight debut Saturday vs. Mark Munoz.

The pair had a gentlemens agreement.

"It's tough to face me friend Mark Munoz, but we are professional. The winner buys dinner," said Machida before the fight, adding presciently, "I will buy the dinner."

And thus it was that Machida KOed Munoz with a headback at 3:10 of the first of five scheduled rounds, held off on a follow up punch, checked on his friend, and then hugged him.

"It was very hard for me because Mark is a good friend of mine," said Machida after the fight. "But you know, as a professional, I don't think about that and just do my job. But now that it's over, the friendship will continue."

So it was written so it shall be done. The pair went ouf for dinner together.

Machida paid.



tags: UFC   UFN 30   Lyoto Machida (detail)  Mark Munoz (detail)  


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Kostakio site profile image  

10/30/13 4:29 PM by Kostakio

Indian food rules.

allyourbasebase site profile image  

10/30/13 4:24 PM by allyourbasebase

Yes I love MMA because I love watching 2 dudes eat together. Chili's should charge 50 bucks a pop for people to come in an swatch people eat.

Calebcb site profile image  

10/30/13 4:19 PM by Calebcb

So I tried mango lassi after seeing the recommendations here and I have to say I'm disappointed. It was like any generic smoothie with a bit of added yogurt tang.It's back to good old urine for me.

goshdamnitbrockno site profile image  

10/28/13 3:32 PM by goshdamnitbrockno

Two classy blokes, hope it won't end up coming between them they seem to have a good friendship, awesome to see :)

tres_equis_666 site profile image  

10/28/13 10:54 AM by tres_equis_666

Indian cuisine is the shit. It's definitely on my top 5.Can't go wrong with chicken tikka masala, paneer makni, with garlic naan or some biryani rice.

The Fella site profile image  

10/28/13 10:31 AM by The Fella

but the question remains it Machidas? or Munoz? Hmmmm.....

The Fella site profile image  

10/28/13 10:31 AM by The Fella

but the question remains it Machidas? or Munoz? Hmmmm.....

Aaron Becker site profile image  

10/28/13 9:32 AM by Aaron Becker

it's peeeeee

ShoeMoney site profile image  

10/27/13 11:55 PM by ShoeMoney

Lol even 99.999% would leave what 20k people ? Doubt it.

Punch Bag site profile image  

10/27/13 11:34 PM by Punch Bag

This practice should be made a tradition. Every winner should buy dinner for both fighters.