BRAZILIAN Roan 'Jucao' Carneiro spoiled Mark Munoz's return from an injury layoff by leaving the Fil-American MMA fighter unconscious less than two minutes into the opening round of their bout in UFC 184 on Sunday.
A lazy and telegraphed takedown attempt by Munoz that was stuffed by the Rio de Janeiro native marked the beginning of the end for the 'Filipino Wrecking Machine' who soon found himself on the defensive on the ground.
Soon after, a sugically precise rear naked choke put an end to Muñoz's mission of getting back to the winning track ahead of the premier MMA outfit's maiden offering in Manila in May.
The fight ended at 1:40 of the opening round as Caneiro (20-9, 3-3 UFC) made a triumphant return to the UFC after a six-year absence.
Although Munoz dropped to 13-6 overall and 8-6 in the UFC, the good news is he emerged from the bout unscathed after suffering major knee injuries in his last fight.
His chance of figuring in the first UFC Fight Night card in Manila is now in the hands of promoters.
Muñoz, a former US NCAA wrestling champion who has a win-loss UFC record of 7-1 when completing a takedown, failed to tackle the savvy jiujitsu practitioner making him give his back.
Almost immediately after the bell rang, it was evident that Muñoz would be going back to his successful wrestling roots. He kept his head low, stance wide and shot for a single leg takedown attempt.
Muñoz worked hard to neutralize Carneiro's attack in the ground, but the Pan-Am BJJ champion knew where the wrestler's weakness was - being on the bottom.