It's alive, it's alive, IT'S ALIVE!
Filipino Frankenstein is on the loose after Mark Munoz recently posted a pic of his head zipper on his official website, telling fight fans, "Lucky I have a hard head. Can't wait til I'm totally healed."
Considering it's been less than one week since he survived a thrashing via the skin-splitting elbow of Chris Weidman at UFC on FUEL TV 4, which took place from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., it's safe to say that the former top Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight contender is champing at the bit to work his way back up the 185-pound ladder.
At a minimum, however, the "Filipino Wrecking Machine" will have to wait at least 30 days to return to training because of a post-fight medical suspension that the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) issued after his lopsided loss. In fact, he could be on the shelf for as many as 180 days because of that Weidman-inspired "left scalp laceration" along with a possible "mandible fracture" that likely came when referee Josh Rosenthal sanctioned about a dozen unnecessary blows.
Taking the summer off might sound like a great idea to most mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters, but not Munoz, who returned against the "All American" after a six-month hiatus to repair a bum elbow. He was on the cusp of a title shot prior to the devastating loss and now he's got to wait for a real doctor to give him clearance to return to action.
All things considered, with Weidman, Hector Lombard, Michael Bisping, Vitor Belfort and Alan Belcher all vying for a shot at UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, time might be the best thing to happen to Munoz as the division sorts itself out.