Munoz signs multifight deal to stay in UFC

Veteran middleweight Mark Munoz will continue to fight in the UFC.

Munoz (13-5) announced Thursday he has signed a four-fight deal with the UFC. He posted a photo of him signing the contract via Instagram.

The UFC removed Munoz from its promotional rankings earlier this week, stating he was no longer under contract. Munoz later confirmed to ESPN.com that his previous contract had expired following a loss to Gegard Mousasi in May.

The California-based fighter said he hoped to come to an agreement to stay within the UFC, where he has fought 13 times since 2009. Dubbed "The Filipino Wrecking Machine," Munoz is currently on a 1-3 skid in his past four fights.

Munoz, 36, is still not expected to compete any time soon. He suffered a torn MCL and strained ACL in his left knee during the first-round submission loss to Mousasi. He expects to avoid surgery, but will be sidelined two to three months.