For Mark Munoz, Lost Opportunity Tough to Swallow, But Title Hopes Unphased

Mark Munoz photo via / Photo by Dave Mandel
By Mike Chiappetta, MMA Writer

For Mark Munoz, the goal remains the same. It’s just the timeline that needs to be altered.

On Thursday morning at 10 am PT, the UFC middleweight will go from surging contender to surgery center when he undergoes a procedure to remove floating bone chips in his right elbow. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Ronald Kvitne of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, the same medical group that recently performed UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre‘s successful ACL repair.

Munoz aims to scale the same heights that St-Pierre has reached in his career, namely as king of his division. It is a goal that seemed in his sights as recently as one week ago, when he was preparing to face Chael Sonnen at UFC at January 28′s UFC on FOX 2 for the right to face middleweight champ Anderson Silva.

Munoz told MMA Fighting that during a training session last Friday, he was engaged in a wrestling scramble when his elbow slipped out and he felt two pops. He sparred four more rounds that night, but by the end of his workout, he couldn’t even pick up his gym bag.

By the next day, he’d flown to Las Vegas, had his arm examined, and received a cortisone shot in hopes of going through with the fight, but it was not to be. The injury had rendered his arm nearly useless, and Munoz’s hopes of becoming No. 1 contender were forced to give way to the reality that he would instead need surgery.

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HDNet Get Rebranded, Seacrest In, MMA Not Out

Ryan Seacrest & Mark Cuban photo via

Here’s an interesting note coming from the HDNet world. reports that the popular hub for MMA programming, Mark Cuban‘s HDNet is undergoing a facelift.  Cuban, is teaming up with Creative Artists Agency (CAA), AEG Worldwide, one of the leading Sports and Entertainment companies around and media juggernaught Ryan Seacrest to form AXS TV (pronounced “access”).  Seacrest will be a part owner.

Not one of the elite who actually have HDNet?  Well lucky for you thanks to Cuban’s new partners a deal is in place to expand their distribution which would still inlcude MMA programming:

“HDNet is presently on DISH’s HD tier and as part of the new deal a standard-def version of the network will launch and be included in DISH’s America’s Top 120 channel package.  To date, HDNet reaches 27 million homes and the expanded DISH deal will take AXS TV’s distribution to more than 35 million.  Content on AXS TV will include lifestyle programming, as well as concerts, music festivals, red carpet premieres, award shows, parties, pop culture events and in-depth interviews.  Select HDNet programming including HDNet Fights, Inside MMA, Dan Rather Reports, Sunday concert series and more will continue to air on AXS TV.”

Rampage Jackson on King Mo on Steroids, Bisping vs. Sonnen

Karyn Bryant & Rampage Jackson via MMA Heat

When MMA Heat‘s Karyn Bryant and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson get together things can get a little out of control.  This time around though Rampage left the motorboats in the docks.  Bryant sits down with “Rampage” to discuss the recent announcement that his rival “King Mo” Lawal had tested positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs.  Also, they discuss his thoughts on his training partner Michael “The Count” Bisping replacing the injured Mark Munoz against the man UFC President Dana White thinks is the best talker since Muhammad Ali, Chael Sonnen.

UFC’s Rampage Jackson on King Mo’s Positive Drug Test + Bisping Facing Sonnen