Manny Muro discusses his upcoming fight with Nick Newell at Bellator 232 on Oct. 26. The event will take place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. and will be headlined by the $1 million finals of the welterweight grand prix as Rory MacDonald defends his title against Douglas Lima.
“The Dragon” discusses how the fight with Nick Newell came to be, how he got into the sport of MMA, how influential and supportive his wife has been throughout his fighting career, training at JacksonWink MMA, snapping a three-fight losing streak in June with a submission win at Rage in the Cage OKC 66, how he has watched Newell compete for quite some time, how he sees the fight being a three round instant classic, how Bellator fans are expecting him to be a stepping stone for Newell and why he’s “not that dude”, and much more.
In addition, Muro talks openly about going 0-3 in 2018 — being finished in all three of those fights — and how those losses sent him into a dark place.
“To be honest, and I’m just being transparent because me being honest about my story can maybe help somebody, but I went into a depression (after those three losses),” Muro told MyMMANews.com. “It was because my whole career, I’ve been pretty successful and I had envisioned myself winning and getting to the highest level. I was planning to get there a long time ago. I took these losses and it really humbled me, I was thinking, ‘Man, I may not be as good as I thought I was.’
“I went through a depression where I was just drinking hard, brother. I got to my heaviest and I finally just buckled down and just started praying more. I just started digging into my faith, my relationship with God pulled me out. Having this goal, which was that fight in June, it just gave me a goal telling me if I’m going to go out on my shield, I want to do it the right way. If I want to look back on my career, on the final stretch, I know I did it the right way. The only thing that pulled me out was digging into my faith. It gives me hope. It gives me that feeling that something better is going to happen in the future.”
That positive mindset has certainly helped as Muro prepares for the biggest fight of his career later on this month against Nick Newell. Check out the full interview with Manny Muro in the video above.