On Monday afternoon, MMA Fight Corner’s Heidi Fang caught up with UFC Middleweight Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz (12-3, MMA) at Xyience’s booth at the NACS Show in Las Vegas, NV. He shed light on when we can expect him back in the Octagon, who he wants to fight and more.
In July, Mark Munoz faced Chris Weidman in the main event on UFC on FUEL TV. Weidman hit Munoz with a brutal elbow and followed up with strikes that put Munoz out. The fight ended in a TKO victory for Weidman in the second round. Since then, Munoz has been out of commission, but said he could return in a few months.
“I’m planing to come back as soon as possible. I do have an injury here, but I’m not going to let it stop me. This is perspective for me. I’ve had kind of a tough year this year with having an elbow injury and coming back from surgery and then rushing back into a fight which probably I could have taken a little bit more time off, and then, sustaining this injury. Suffice to say, I’ve learned a lot. It wasn’t quite me in that last fight. I’m going to redeem myself with a fight coming up, whoever I fight,” Munoz promised. “I fought a lot of times in two years, I think that would have been my eighth fights in two years. And I’m very active so, I’m just kind of going to take it easy. This is my body’s way of telling me. It was like camp, after camp, after camp. I was fighting every three, four months. I’m going to take some time off and get back into it and just be a raging bull when I get back in the cage again. I’m planning probably around February or so, we’ll see how my body heals up.”
Following the fight with Weidman, the doctor told Munoz after he was X-rayed that his right foot was almost completely broken.”I didn’t know my foot was fractured at all. I didn’t know there was a stress fracture.” The doctor was in disbelief that Munoz fought on it in the first place. ”My bone was actually fractured. They actually put me in a boot.”
When The Filipino Wrecking Machine does return, he said he’s looking to take a fight that gets his name back on the map. “I’d like to have a rematch with Weidman, I’d like to fight Bisping. There’s a lot of guys out there. The fact of the matter is, I want a fight that’d get me back on track to becoming a world champ. I definitely want to redeem myself on my last performance and show people that I’m a man that learns from his mistakes. And for me, champions aren’t measured by how many wins they have, but how they pick themselves after a loss. That’s the true meaning of a champion and that’s what I want to show.”
While Munoz remains sidelined fans can see him in “Here Comes the Boom” starring Kevin James. He’s also currently developed a charity on his website MarkMunozMMA.com in association with UFC Asia that’s currently accepting donations for ‘Flood Relief for the Phillipines’.