Mark Munoz's submission loss to Gegard Mousasi at UFC Fight Night in Germany marked his 2nd straight defeat and the last fight on his contract. The middleweight veteran is currently a free agent but is in discussion with the UFC on a new deal, but for the time being he is not in the official rankings list. FightMetric sent out an email to all voters announcing Munoz's removal this morning, which briefly led to speculation regarding retirement possibility or if he was cut. The UFC released an official statement to The MMA Report regarding Munoz's removal:
"Mark is no longer under contract at this time. However, we are negotiating towards a new agreement."
Munoz (13-5) has dropped 3 of his last 4 and has been completely dominated in all of his defeats. The 36-year-old was last ranked 9th after the Mousasi defeat, so once the new rankings are updated it is likely that Costa Philippou will move up one spot and Yoel Romero will round out the top 10.
It's a bit amusing to me to see the UFC drop Munoz -- albeit temporarily if he gets a new deal -- because he's a free agent but Melvin Guillard and Cody McKenzie are both available to be ranked even though they're with other promotions. Getting past that, it's abundantly clear that Munoz is well past his best and is firmly entrenched in a gatekeeper role, so if he does re-sign, I think his days of fighting legitimate contenders are just about over.