It’s not been a good run for UFC middleweight Mark Munoz in recent years. After winning 4 straight from late 2010-2011, including a decision win over Demian Maia, “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” has lost 3 of his last 4, with the latest defeat coming via submission against Gegard Mousasi last May. While prospects of ever returning to title contention look bleak to the outsider, Munoz still believes he has one last title run in him. In an interview with Fox Sports, he revealed that his doctor recommended stepping away from MMA after tearing his MCL and PCL in the Mousasi fight.
“My knee was hurting a little bit before the last fight but I didn’t think it was that bad of an injury. It was irritating me,” he remembers.
“And then my MCL and PCL completely tore in the fight. It was pretty bad. I’m too tough for my own good, is what my doctor told me. He said, ‘you really need to start doing something different.'”
By that, Munoz explains, his doctor meant that he should stop fighting. “I said, ‘what? No!'”
Munoz’s doctor wasn’t the only one who gave him a talking to about his career. The 37-year-old’s teammates and coaches gave him an “intervention” about his gruelling training habits and need to properly give himself time to rest and recover.
“When I insisted on continuing to fight, that’s when my coaches, and managers came in and talked to me. They said, ‘you’re not a spring chicken anymore. You need to get as much rest and recovery as you do training.’ That’s something that I neglected. And, of course, I’m getting older, so it’s not getting easier to recover.”
Next week, Munoz takes on the returning Roan Carneiro on the prelims of UFC 184 in Los Angeles.
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