The last two years of UFC middleweight Mark Munoz’s life have featured a number of extreme highs and lows. The heavy-handed wrestler put himself in the discussion for a title-shot by beating a quartet of competitors in consecutive fashion including Chris Leben and Demian Maia, then suffered a brutal knockout loss at the hands of Chris Weidman a little less than a year ago. He has been shelved ever since due to injury and won’t see action until he takes on Tim Boetsch in a few months at UFC 162.
With sunlight finally creeping over the horizon, Munoz is feeling great and recently told a group of media members (including MMAWeekly) he used his rough patch to not only refine his craft but provide motivation for future success.
“I kind of went into depression and was kind of like one of Austin Powers’ characters in his movie. I ate because I was sad and I was sad because I ate. Having an adversity stricken year was really, really hard for me. It was just hard for me to not be able to fight and not be able to compete and not train for six months. It was very hard.”
“Adversity is the dust that polishes the diamond. It’s a bump in the road for me and it’s part of my story.”
“I think you’re gonna see a way different fighter in me. You’re gonna see a more hungry fighter.”
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