Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. is now a sponsor of UFC Middleweight fighter Mark Munoz as a Team Toyo Athlete for 2011. Nicknamed “The Filipino Wrecking Machine,” Munoz has a 10-2-0 fight record. He will face Brazilian Demian Maia this Saturday, June 11, during UFC 131 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada.
“I am honored to be part of the Toyo Tires team,” says Munoz. “As a professional athlete, I am driven to perform and having the support of a great company like Toyo Tires just motivates me even more."
Managed by MMA Inc., the 6-foot tall, 33-year-old Munoz weighs 185 lbs. A former wrestling coach at the University of California-Davis, Munoz specializes in both wrestling and Muay Thai. He will wear the Toyo Tires logo on his fighting gear while also promoting the Toyo Tires brand through appearances and additional marketing efforts.
“We are excited to have Mark Munoz represent Team Toyo for 2011,” says Stan Chen, manager of events and motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “Munoz is a popular fighter in the sport of mixed martial arts and will represent the Toyo Tires brand well.”
Munoz is the second MMA Inc. athlete to join Team Toyo this year, following UFC Lightweight Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, who joined in March. Both Pettis and Munoz are featured on Toyo’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/toyotires (see Toyo connects with fans via social media).