Mark Munoz issues statement after being placed on administrative leave from his high school coaching gig

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Former UFC fighter Mark Munoz has released a statement after being placed on administrative leave from his job as a high school wrestling coach.

Mark Munoz has always been known as one of the good guys in mixed martial arts and whether this incident goes further or not, we expect that reputation to continue to follow him.

The veteran, who retired in 2015 after a victory over Luke Barnatt, was placed on administrative leave after being accused of allowing two students at his school to settle their differences with boxing gloves.

Some don’t believe he would have done such a thing while others simply don’t care, and believe his actions – if true – would have helped prevent an even nastier fight from breaking out.

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In the following statement to MMA Junkie, Munoz clarified that he did not encourage the kids in question to fight.

“With every ounce of who I am, I wish to positively influence children, teach children to be better wrestlers, speak out against bullying, and honor my Lord Jesus Christ,” Munoz wrote. “There are thousands of wrestlers I’ve trained who would affirm these truths from first-hand experience. Under no circumstances would I encourage kids to settle a dispute through brawling.

Quotes via MMA Junkie

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Munoz is a standing member of the MMA community and based on everything that has been said about this case, it’s hard to believe there has been a lot of wrongdoing. Sure, it feels like there are still a few wrinkles in the story that have yet to be told, but his record speaks for itself.

Hopefully smarter heads will prevail in the coming weeks and that Munoz can, at the very least, keep his role or find a new one.

This article appeared first on BJPENN.COM

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