After getting submitted in the first round by Gegard Mousasi at UFC Fight Night 41, his second opening period finish in as many outings, some started to wonder if it was time for Mark Munoz (pictured) to permanently transition from fighter to wrestling coach at his famed Reign Training Center.
However, Munoz, who has dropped three of his past four fights and clocked 36 this past February, says tough times are the best occasions to show your mettle.
“You’ve just go to pick up the pieces and keep going,” a dejected Munoz stated at Saturday’s post-fight press conference. “It was a tough loss, but I think it doesn’t matter how many times you fall, but it’s how many times you pick yourself back up after a loss or a failure.
“And that’s what I’ll do.”
Munoz was ranked #7 in the UFC’s Middleweight Fighter Rankings entering yesterday’s tango with Mousasi. He will most likely drop out of the top 10 when the new ratings get released later this week.
Whether “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” will ever reclaim a single-digit ranking again remains to be seen, but Munoz is hellbent on finding out.