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Michael Bisping's awaited return to Manchester will have to wait. The UFC middleweight star has suffered a setback to a previous eye injury that has forced him to withdraw from the UFC's UK event scheduled for Oct. 26, the promotion confirmed to FOX Sports.
Bisping will be replaced by former light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, who agreed to move up about a week from a scheduled Nov. 6 bout with Tim Kennedy at the UFC Fight for the Troops 3 card, a UFC source additionally said.
Bisping (24-5) last competed in Manchester in Nov. 2009, when he knocked out Denis Kang, though he has fought in London since. Right now, there is no timetable for his return from his eye issue.
For Machida (19-4), it is an opportunity to face a higher-profile opponent. He made the decision to drop a division after a recent controversial decision loss to Phil Davis. While Kennedy is unranked, Munoz currently stands at No. 5 in the UFC's rankings.
Munoz has won five of his last six, most recently defeating Tim Boetsch in July.
The Manchester event takes place at the Phones 4u Arena.
Meanwhile, UFC officials will work to find a replacement opponent for Kennedy, who was set for his biggest fight to date and now will have to prepare for another challenger on less than one month's notice.
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A return to fight in his home country will now not be happening for UFC middleweight Michael Bisping. According to sources, Bisping (24-5) has been forced to withdraw from UFC Fight Night 30 October 26 in Manchester, England due to an eye injury. While corrective surgery won’t be needed, he is expected to miss five to six […]
The injury bug strikes again. On Friday, it was announced an injury has forced Michael Bisping out of next month’s critical scrap against Mark Munoz. As we all know full well, the Octagon waits for no man as Lyoto Machida (pictured) has agreed to serve as substitute at UFC Fight Night 30. Munoz ended his year-long hiatus in impressive fashion by dominating Tim Boetsch at UFC 162...
News just came through the social media universe that Michael Bisping is OUT of his scheduled fight later next month in London against Mark Munoz and IN is Lyoto Machida, karate master and new-to-the-middleweight division former champion.
Well, this is a huge fight for both men. I kind of wish I was seeing Bisping vs. Machida, but I guess I will take this as well. As we all know...
The 12-bout lineup for the Octagon’s return to Manchester has been finalized. “UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Munoz” takes place October 26 inside Manchester Arena in England.
A pivotal middleweight shootout between Mark Munoz (pictured) and Michael Bisping headlines the gig. A lightweight scrap with Melvin Guillard and Ross Pearson serves as the co-main event.
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The UFC announced that Michael Bisping is out with an eye injury and Lyoto Machida will replace Bisping and face Mark Munoz in the main event of UFC Fight Night 30.
Bisping had suffered a detached earlier this year and had complications with the eye in training and therefore had to bow out of the fight. MMAFighting.com is reporting that Bisping will not need corrective surgery, but...
Michael Bisping (24-5) has been forced out of his UFC Fight Night 30 bout with Mark Munoz (13-3), after suffering a detached retina which is likely to keep him out of action for 4-6 months. With the card, set to be held in Manchester, England, now lacking star power in Bisping’s absence, the UFC […]