Muñoz to face Machida instead of Bisping in Oct.


Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Muñoz CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MARK “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Muñoz will face a new opponent in the upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Fight Night 30 in Manchester, England on October 26 after British Michael Bisping suffered an eye injury.

UFC President Dana White announced on Friday (Saturday in Manila) that Bisping (24-5 win-loss log) can no longer fight in October because of a detached retina, an injury he sustained from his previous bouts. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida will replace Bisping as Muñoz’s opponent.

“We’re going to get [Bisping] the best treatment possible,” White told ESPN through writer Dave Doyle. “Hopefully, he’ll be able to get through this thing.”

Machida (19-4) holds the distinction of successfully using classical karate techniques inside the Octagon. Before Bisping’s injury, the son of a karate master Machida, is originally scheduled to fight Tim Kennedy on November 6.

Muñoz (13-3) hasn’t commented yet about his new opponent. “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” is coming off a unanimous decision win over American Tim Boetsch in July. The victory marked his return to the Octagon after being beaten by Chris Weidman in July 2012.

Weidman is now the UFC middleweight champion after dethroning long-time champion Anderson Silva.

Because of Muñoz’s wrestling background and Machida’s karate expertise, their match in UFC Fight Night 30 is expected to be a grappler vs. striker match.


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