In the final two weeks leading up to his UFC Fight Night 30 headlining bout with Lyoto Machida, Mark Munoz never quite sounded thrilled to be facing his training parter, especially on short notice. If the pair was supposed to look tentative, it seemed only Munoz got the memo. Finished by Machida just three minutes into the bout, Munoz now says he didn't do enough to mentally prepare to fight his friend.
"Now that I did it, been there, done that, now I know what I need to work on," Munoz tells FIGHT! Magazine. "It's not so much physical, it's all mental. It was very difficult for me to fight somebody that I was training with just two weeks before. It was very difficult for me to just envision somebody else's face on him. I'm not a guy that will choke somebody out or just submit them. I inflict a lot of damage on people. That's what I do. I wouldn't be called the wrecking machine for nothing."
"It was pretty difficult. I learned a lot through the process. I've just got to be able to flip the switch. I've told a lot of our fighters 'when you get in there, you've got to flip the switch. Whether they're a friend or not, you've got to flip it.' What was kind of different was seeing my coaches in his corner, too. It's neither here nor there, he won. He landed the kick. My three losses have been me getting kicked. I've got to learn from that. I've got to be able to take that and move forward."
Originally slated to face Michael Bisping in Manchester, Munoz says he'll be waiting for him when 'The Count' returns to action early next year.
"I fought Lyoto and that was obviously very hard for me. Now I want to get back on track fighting a top 10 opponent. Everyone was booked or injured. Bisping says he'll be back in March and that's the closest date I can look forward to unless somebody gets hurt and I jump in. I was able to talk to [Bisping] on Twitter, if you call that calling out."
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RIP Shane del Rosario.
RIP to one of the best people I've ever had the honor to have in my life and call my best friend.... http://t.co/P1uFUomU91— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) December 9, 2013
Truly saddened to hear about the passing of Shane Delrosario. R.I.P. My thought are with his family.— michael (@bisping) December 10, 2013
Sad to hear about my fellow warrior Shane del Rosario passing away. My thoughts are with his family R.I.P— jimi manuwa (@POSTERBOYJM) December 10, 2013
Horrible news about fellow UFC heavyweight Shane Del Rosairo. Thoughts and prayers with his family and friends. RIP Shane— Brendan Schaub (@BrendanSchaub) December 10, 2013
R.I.P Brother Shane Del Rosario— Chris Leben (@cripplerufc) December 10, 2013
Gonna be a long couple months.
Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) December 9, 2013
Claudia Gadelha (@ClaudiaGadelha_) December 9, 2013
Felice Herrig (@feliceherrig) December 9, 2013
@feliceherrig the only reason you have fans is because you show your ass in the weight ins and they like your ass better than your skillsLol— Claudia Gadelha (@ClaudiaGadelha_) December 9, 2013
Carla Esparza (@CarlaEsparza1) December 9, 2013
(Herrig deleted this one)
There's a lot more but this is all I could handle.
Guess he caught the MMA Hour.
Hat is off to you, sir.
Had a fight on weekend and back to teaching Monday. Congrats to adults and kids #BJJ classes at my Liverpool school that graded last night.— Anthony Perosh (@AnthonyPerosh) December 10, 2013
Not a fan.
Buzz. Rothfeild = idiot http://t.co/LoKjgj166i— mark richard hunt (@markhunt1974) December 10, 2013
Not with Cinnabon in every airport.
May still be undefeated coming back from America....but every bloody time jet lag and the food kills me!.....But roll on next time ha! ;)— Joanne Calderwood (@badmofo_jojo) December 10, 2013
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