Vince Murdock had a successful eight-hour vascular bypass brain surgery this past November to deal with the potential life-threatening symptoms of moyamoya disease.
It has been nearly a year since that surgery and Murdock is not only feeling great but is cleared for a return to MMA competition.
“I don’t know if it’s enlightenment from just having a second lease on life or it’s just having the surgery behind me,” Murdock told MMA Junkie. “Either way, I feel like I do notice the difference from the surgery. I feel great – probably better than I have in my entire life.”
The Bellator veteran last competed in December of 2018, defeating Justin King by first round TKO at TWC: Bennett vs. Shaw. Murdock knows that one half of the journey is behind him, now the second half includes making that walk to the cage.
“It’s one thing to be cleared, but the other half isn’t completed,” Murdock said. “I still haven’t made the walk, and that’s still just as important to me as anything. I really feel like I owe to myself (for) all of the hardships I’ve overcome in adversity. I feel like I owe to myself to make that walk. While I got this done, the second half of the progress or the journey isn’t there yet because I haven’t competed since the surgery. While I’m cleared and I’m grateful because I spent my entire life being an athlete, I still need to make that walk. I need to get in there – and not only that, I have to win.”
There is no word at this time as to when Murdock will return to action or whom that bout will come against.