It was one thing after another for Mark
First he had to pull out of a title eliminator with Chael Sonnen
due to an elbow injury. Then he rushed back and got knocked out by
Weidman. Then he had to sit out a year with a broken foot.
“I was like, ‘Man, when it rains it pours, and it’s not just
pouring -- there’s a tornado right now hitting my heart, soul and
mind. It’s really challenging me, challenging my character and my
faith,’” Munoz told the Sherdog
Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “It was truly, truly hard and
I questioned myself, like, ‘Is this really something I’m supposed
to be doing?’”
Munoz entered the bout against Weidman on a four-fight win streak.
Despite his success inside the cage, though, his life outside it
had become chaotic.
“I’m a guy that kind of wears my heart on my sleeve,” he said. “If
there’s things that are going on in my life, in my personal life,
it goes into my training. That’s what was happening with me. I was
missing a lot of my kids’ events. I wasn’t thoughtful towards my
wife. The gym was kind of going under, and I was doing speaking
engagements all over. I was just too busy.”
After a difficult training camp, Munoz caught a brutal elbow from
Weidman and was finished 1:37 into the second round. It was a tough
loss to swallow, but everything that went wrong before, during and
after the bout may have happened for a reason.
“Now I’ve got my life back in order,” Munoz said. “I’ve been
delegating at the gym. Now I’m more thoughtful with my wife and ...
with my kids. My training is planned out more strategic. Everything
that happens in my life, I’ll never take back, but I definitely
learned. This was a great learning experience for me and I’m
looking to put an updated version of myself in when I fight at
Standing across from Munoz on Saturday will be Tim Boetsch,
another fighter who was closing in on a title shot before suffering
a setback in his most recent bout.
“He’s been up there,” Munoz said. “We’ve been fighting consistently
for a long time and we’re both considered UFC vets. With a win, it
definitely puts us back in the mix somewhere. For myself, I want to
reach the top. I’m ready. I had some adversity and some trials I
had to work through, but with a win over Tim, I think it will
definitely put me in the mix.”
The middleweight matchup will take place on the UFC 162 main card.
Munoz is expecting a high-paced fight that could go the full 15
“You’re going to see a lot of transitions from striking to
wrestling to ground-and-pound and jiu-jitsu,” Munoz said. “You’re
going to see a lot of cage work. I’m the type of guy that’s always
active. I don’t hold people down just to score points. I don’t just
jab people just to score points. I look to end the fight everywhere
I’m at. You’re definitely going to see bombs flying when you watch
me fight, and I truly believe Tim is going to do the same because
he’s a competitor. Just don’t blink because you’re going to miss
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 1:12).