Michael Bisping Out Of UFC Fight Night 30, Lyoto Machida Steps In To Fight Mark Munoz

After a relatively injury-free run in the UFC, the bug has bitten another big fight. Michael Bisping suffered an eye injury in training and will not be able to face off with Mark Munoz in their pivotal Middleweight showdown that was set to take place in the main event of UFC Fight Night 30 from the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, England. MMA Junkie confirmed the news this evening.

However, the UFC was quick to find a very suitable replacement, and that man is none other than Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida. Machida was previously scheduled to face off with Tim Kennedy at Fight For The Troops 3 in November as his Middleweight debut.

While Kennedy is no slouch, Munoz will provide an extremely tough test for “The Dragon” in his new weight class. Machida was last seen on the losing end of a controversial decision against Phil Davis in the co-main event of August’s UFC 163 event from Rio. Despite being dragged to the ground at the end of rounds one and two, Machida showed excellent takedown defense throughout the bout.

That takedown will have to be in full effect against the talented wrestler Munoz, who recently got back on the winning track with a one-sided domination of Tim Boetsch at UFC 162. Munoz had a well-documented struggle with depression and weight gain after his brutal TKO loss to Chris Weidman in July 2012. He appears to have righted the ship, and looks to re-establish himself as a major player at 185.

Machida looks to do the same, and a win over Munoz would most likely get him a boost in the rankings more than beating Kennedy would. Kennedy is left without an opponent for the time being, but the Army Ranger will most likely stay on as a headlining member of Fight For The Troops 3. Machida vs. Munoz stands to be an awesome fight. Who is your early pick to win?


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    jipariente8a

    September 27, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Munoz is going down… I think he had better chances against Bisping… Machida by Left low kick+Straight punch in the face…

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    rodenzi

    September 27, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    A very very bad match up for Munoz. He had a great chance against Bisping's pillow fists. Machida is very hard to take down. Im a Munoz fan. This is disappointing. Crap!

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    Entity

    September 27, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Aww man……..hope Machida doesnt knock him back into depression.

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    enjoylife321

    September 28, 2013 at 2:08 am

    I'd say that Machida will be too elusive and will probably score am impressive flash knockout. I'm excited for the matchup. Hard to believe that Machida once fought BJ Penn.

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    Brian Cox

    September 28, 2013 at 2:32 am

    I predict a decision snooze fest.

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    akieyugames

    September 28, 2013 at 8:06 am

    damn…I was hoping to watch a Bisping beatdown….but damn, gonna be a tough one for Muñoz.

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    Lokkey

    September 28, 2013 at 8:37 am

    HOLY ****

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    diamond-mma2

    September 28, 2013 at 9:28 am

    seems like some people are counting Munoz out, but i think Munoz endurance,perseverance and strength its going to make it hard for Lyoto, as long Munoz keeps calm he has a good shot im surprise of Munoz last performance, that relentless fighting style he had can work in his favor against Machida

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    IChokePeople

    September 28, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Normally I would call this one for Machida all day. Truthfully, the only person I see beating Machida under normal circumstances at MW is Anderson Silva. That said, this is going to be the first time Lyoto will cut weight to compete. We have seen many other fighters wilt very early under these conditions. I think there is a fair chance that we see an upset here.

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    The What

    September 28, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I was rooting for Munoz to beat Bisping and now I'll be rooting for Munoz to beat Machida. Not sure how well it will work out though.

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