Originally written on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 11/19/14
At Mark Munoz’s Reign Training Center, they stress the Five D’s – (no, not Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Dodge) Desire, Direction, Discipline, Diligence and Dedication. The tagline is plastered throughout the state-of-the-art facility to remind his star-studded squad that they are the ones who determine their own fate. Munoz leaned on his Five D’s heavily to get his career back on track. “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” was efficiently making his way up the UFC middleweight totem pole having rattled off four consecutive victories. Then, Munoz’s rapid ascent hit some turbulence when he underwent elbow surgery that forced him to ride the pine for eight months. He returned last July to face Chris Weidman in a critical shootout. In addition to the extended layoff, Munoz was secretly hampered by a stress fracture in his foot that played a significant part in his poor performance.  Following the devastating TKO loss, which subsequently scored Weidman a shot at Anderson Silva’s 185-pound crown, Munoz was immobilized for several months because of his foot injury. He then added a sixth D to his Five D’s philosophy – Depression. So what does one do when they’re debilitated and depressed? Well, Munoz ate. And ate, and ate, and ate… “I was up to 260 pounds before I saw Todd [Norman], and now I’m 199 pounds,” Munoz told 5thRound.com. “I started January 15, so it took about five months. “I went from obese to a beast.” Norman, who owns Cutting Edge Athletics, which is conveniently located right next door to Reign, spearheaded Munoz’s dramatic five-month transformation. Think about the change for a second. At the beginning of the year, Munoz was seven pounds away from getting disqualified from competing in a heavyweight MMA fight. He’s now a lean, mean, middleweight Filipino wrecking machine. Munoz tries to propel himself back into title contention next Saturday when he battles Tim Boetsch at UFC 162. If looks could kill, Boetsch might be in some serious trouble.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Bryce Harper says he needs to ‘step up’ this season

Report: Chiefs place franchise tag on Justin Houston

What a Marcus Mariota trade might look like

Ndamukong Suh to hit free agency, no franchise tag

Report: Rasheed Sulaimon was accused of sexual assault

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

MLS 2015 season preview

Report: Broncos will franchise tag Demaryius Thomas

Marshawn Lynch on final SB play: 'I was expecting the ball'

Report: Rangers acquire Keith Yandle from Coyotes

Report: Bucs to keep Vincent Jackson under current contract

Twins to limit players' smartphone use on game days

Gronk spikes Lombardi Trophy cake on his bro's head

In defense of Geno Smith

Marshawn Lynch opens up to the media….in Turkey

Building a program: Kennesaw State's first spring practice

Did Duke ignore Sulaimon sexual assault allegations?

Ten takeaways from this week's NFL offseason action

What to expect on franchise tag deadline day

WATCH: Sidney Crosby gets leveled in open-ice hit

PHOTO: Pacquiao has message for Mayweather with t-shirt?

Nuggets break team huddle with countdown to end of season

WATCH: James Harden kicks LeBron in the groin

Jim Harbaugh tells Madonna he respects her toughness

MMA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

MLS 2015 season preview

Report: Broncos to franchise Demaryius

James Harden kicks LeBron in groin

Lynch: 'I was expecting the ball'

Report: Rangers get Yandle from Coyotes

Harbaugh respects Madonna's grit

Twins to limit game day cell phone use

Kevin Durant blasts hater on Instagram

KG buys 1,000 tickets for T-Wolves fans

Markieff Morris calls out Suns fans

Cowboys letting Murray test market?

Brock Lesnar attends UFC 184

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.