Mark Munoz undergoes successful surgery, expects UFC return in May (Pic)

Mark Munoz tweets a few pics from the recovery room after having elbow surgery to alleviate some pesky bone spurs.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Mark Munoz underwent successful surgery on Thursday (Jan. 19, 2012) to remove bone spurs and floating "chips" on and around his elbow.

That's the joint.

Here's the jam: The recovery period is four to six weeks, with a timetable of May 2012 for his Octagon return. The "Filipino Tweeting Machine" updated fans on his progress via the popular social media platform.

The injury forced Munoz to withdraw from his UFC on FOX 2 match-up against Chael Sonnen, paving the way for British bad boy Michael Bisping to step up and get his shot. "The Count" had to abandon Demian Maia to do it, but Chris Weidman was more than willing to step in and take his place.

That means division champion Anderson Silva will have an opponent named at the conclusion of the Jan. 28 network televised event from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. It also puts the winner of Maia vs. Weidman at the forefront of the 185-pound contenders.

Will Mark Munoz be waiting for him?

More on the recent UFC on FOX 2 shake up by clicking here.

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