Mark Munoz hoping to return to the ring by late spring

Good news has surfaced on the future of UFC middleweight Mark Munoz after it was revealed earlier this week the popular pugilist had been replaced by Michael Bisping in a January 28 bout with Chael Sonnen at UFC on FOX 2 based on an injury he’d suffered while training for the match-up. While he will still obviously miss the fight he’d formerly been scheduled for Munoz will be back in action a few months from now rather than past the mid-point of the year.

Munoz elaborated on the matter in a recent interview where he also discussed the specifics of his condition and recovery time.

“Everything happens for a reason. In my mind I can’t see it right now. But I truly believe in my heart, soul and mind, I’ll be stronger because of it. I don’t want to be consumed with negative thoughts,” said Munoz when speaking to MMAFighting. “With the guys around me, my kids, my family, I can’t think that way. I’m a man of faith, and I truly believe everything will work out for the good. So now it’s just being confronted with what’s in front of me, going about it the best I can and seeing what the future holds for me.”

What the cards have in store for the 12-2 Munoz is a 4-6 week period on the shelf after getting surgery to clear out bone fragments stuck in his elbow joint. The injury was one he’d worked through in the past but was aggravated to a point during a wrestling drill that he can no longer flex his arm properly. Assuming all go as planned he should be back in commission by early May at the latest.

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MMATraining Take: Good to hear the injury wasn’t too serious though it’s a shame he didn’t get it taken care of earlier since the condition was pre-existing. If he had, even if it meant he was inactive for a six-month stretch, it would have been better than cancelling a major match-up less than two weeks out. Borderline irresponsible actually.

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