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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Munoz Out, Sonnen vs. Bisping for #1 Contender Spot

UFC President Dana White has just announced via Twitter the “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz is injured and that Michael “The Count’ Bisping will replace him to face Chael Sonnen at UFC on FOX 2.   The evnet takes place next Saturday night for and will still be for number one contender spot in the Middleweight division.

10 Videos To Get You Hyped For UFC 142

UFC makes its return to Rio de Janeiro this Saturday with UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes and if you’re like me you may have overlooked this card.  Maybe it’s because the challenger for the Featherweight Title has won 6 out of his last 7 fights via decision.  Or maybe it’s because the show has been sandwiched between the huge UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem New Year’s Eve matchup and UFC’s debuts on both FX and FOX as well as the big Super Bowl weekend show, UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit.

Well, the UFC’s YouTube channel has pumped out 10 videos to help you get primed for the event including the Countdown to UFC 142 special broken into two parts.  Enjoy.

Countdown to UFC RIO: Aldo vs. Mendes

Countdown to UFC RIO: Belfort vs. Johnson

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