Mark Munoz got back on track at UFC 162 earlier this month by cruising his way to a unanimous decision win over Tim Boetsch, and while the middleweight’s awe inspiring talents were one reason, apparently so was his diet.
“The Filipino Wrecking Machine” has been open about the fact he fell into a deep depression, following his KO loss to Chris Weidman lost summer, and packed on some serious weight during the layoff. While speaking to Fightline.com recently, however, Munoz credited his pre-fight diet for helping him shed the weight, and in addition, helping him score his comeback win. Munoz revealed that the diet allowed him to eat foods like chicken, fish and lettuce (among other things) on a regular basis, and make 185 pounds easily on a fight day.
“The day of weigh-ins I only cut four pounds. That’s it, and I cut it in an hour, I was done, and I was just feeling amazing. I went to weigh-ins and saw everybody, and they were like ‘oh my gosh’, just like in pain.”
“That was a culmination of losing 61 pounds and then losing another 15 pounds on top of that. That was 76 pounds total in five and a half months….obviously you don’t want to lose 76 pounds in five months and a half months, but I was able to do it right, diet right all the way down, and feel tremendous for my fight.”
Impressive stuff. With Munoz back in fighting shape and having moved up to #6 in the UFC middleweight division, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the decorated wrestler. There have been reports that Munoz might take on Michael Bisping in October, however, nothing has been officially announced. Here’s hoping that fight becomes a done deal soon.