On Thursday morning, Mark Munoz (Pictured) entered the Kerlan-Jobe Surgery Center in Southern California to have his right elbow operated on. Fast-forward several hours and the UFC middleweight had 24 bone spurs removed from his injured arm.
“The Filipino Wrecking Machine” was preparing for his top contender scrap with Chael Sonnen when he heard a pop in his elbow during last Friday’s sparring session. Although he was able to complete practice, he lost full function of his arm shortly after.
“It’s called osteophytes (also known as bone spurs),” Munoz stated. “The injury dislodged it from my bone and lodged into my joint. Like having a rock in a door hinge.”
Munoz blames years of training with various injuries to the area that finally caused his elbow to give way. The pain and locking sensation simply became too much to handle.
The 33-year-old is hoping to return to action in 4 to 6 weeks.
Courtesy of Munoz’s unexpected exit, Michael Bisping was promoted to the top contender bout with Sonnen. The 185-pounders will co-headline “UFC on FOX” on January 28th.
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