Mixed Martial Artists like Anthony Johnson and Quinton Jackson have been the subject of countless weight-related jokes based on their history of filling out in-between fights. However, UFC middleweight Mark Munoz recently put both to shame during his yearlong hiatus from action due to injury, albeit for more serious reasons than simply enjoying an extra helping at dinnertime.
Munoz recently revealed his inability to stay healthy sent him into a dark place, causing him to eat habitually rather than in a way consistent with a high-level athlete or even a moderately diet-conscious individual.
“Battled through injury, self-doubt, and depression,” wrote Munoz in Twitter alongside pictures showing him as high as 261 pounds. “I turned to food for comfort and what I found was more heartache. A never ending cycle of ‘eating because I was sad and sad because I was eating.’”
“No matter what adversity, you have in your life, you can be transcendent over it with God by your side and you can accomplish all things,” he concluded. “Thank you all who believed in, encouraged, motivated and prayed for me! I thank you for you compassion and care! Now I am going in confident to UFC 162 with all I had to work through!
The 12-3 Munoz is set for a bout with Tim Boetsch at next weekend’s event. It will be his first fight since suffering a brutal TKO loss to Chris Weidman last July.
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