Originally posted on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 6/29/13
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...
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