LYOTO “The Dragon” Machida has accepted to fight Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Muñoz in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Fight Night 30 on Fox Sports 2 on October 26 in Manchester England.
After Michael Bisping, Muñoz’s original opponent pulled out because of eye injury, UFC President Dana White named Machida (19-4 win-loss slate, seven by knockout and two by submission) as the Wrecking Machine’s new opponent.
“I thought for a while about it [offer to fight Muñoz], but I didn’t want to disappoint and frustrate the UFC,” Machida told MMAFighting.com writer Guilherme Cruz. “The date wasn’t that bad. I was already training hard for my fight, so I decided to take it.”
“They were both main events, but this is a better one because Mark Muñoz is better ranked and it’s not a card,” added Machida, who is known for his traditional karate background.
Machida also admitted that Muñoz and him are good friends and they train and spar together in the same gym.
“We were training together so that’s a little complicated, but that’s inevitable here in California,” Machida told MMAFighting.com. “We always look for better training so we ended up training together. It’s complicated, but it’s tough for both of us. I learned from his game, but he did too [from my game].”
Muñoz who defeated Tim Boetsch in July via unanimous decision, has 13 wins and three losses.