UFC on FOX 2: Mark Munoz injury a 'tough pill to swallow'

Mark Munoz, who was forced out of his UFC on FOX 2 bout against Chael Sonnen due to an elbow injury that will require surgery.

Imagine being just one win away from legitimately being considered for a title shot in your weight class and your fight to get to that goal is just two weeks away. And then you get hurt.

Would absolutely suck, right?

That's precisely what happened to middleweight masher Mark Munoz, who suffered an elbow injury while training for his UFC on Fox 2 fight against Chael Sonnen on Jan. 28, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois.

When examined, doctors found floating bone chips that would need to be removed surgically. The procedure, combined with rehab time, should keep him out anywhere from four to six weeks.

"The Filipino Wrecking Machine" tells MMAFighting.com that this injury is a particularly tough pill to swallow.

"It's definitely a hard pill to swallow. Everything happens for a reason. In my mind I can't see it right now. But I truly believe in my heart, soul and mind, I'll be stronger because of it. I don't want to be consumed with negative thoughts. With the guys around me, my kids, my family, I can't think that way. I'm a man of faith, and I truly believe everything will work out for the good. So now it's just being confronted with what's in front of me, going about it the best I can and seeing what the future holds for me."

Since he's such a positive guy, this could be a blessing in disguise, really. Sonnen was quickly matched up against Michael Bisping, pitting the two top division contenders against each other.

When Munoz comes back, that's one less guy he'll have to worry about.

In fact, it's not out of line to think that it's entirely possible for UFC to set it up to so that the winner of Sonnen vs. Bisping fights Anderson Silva roughly around the same time Munoz comes back to fight whomever for a shot at the winner and the 185-pound title.

Everybody wins. Or do you Maniacs have a better idea?

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