Lyoto Machida's middleweight debut will come a little earlier than planned, and his new opponent, Mark Munoz, holds a more coveted spot in the current pecking order inside of the division he's now chosen to be part of.
Earlier this evening ESPN broke the news that Michael 'The Count' Bisping will be unable to perform next month in Manchester due to complications with his eye, the same eye that he received surgery on due to a detached retina following his victory over Alan Belcher this past Spring. Bisping was quickly replaced by Lyoto Machida , who was originally scheduled to take on Tim Kennedy in Fort Campbell, Kentucky as the main attraction for the UFC's 3rd Fight for the Troops Event . Instead, Machida will now face Donkey Punch mastermind Mark Munoz.
Prior to his dominant victory over Tim Boetsch at UFC 162, Munoz went through a layoff of almost a year after a loss to Chris Weidman that was so bad he "... went into a depression and was kind of like one of Austin Powers' characters in his movie. I [Munoz] ate because I was sad and I was sad because I ate."
Munoz now has a month or so to come up with a gameplan for one of the most interesting and dangerous puzzles in our sport . A win for Lyoto puts him one step closer to becoming the 3rd two division champion in UFC history. A win for Munoz gets him one step closer to being granted an opportunity to exact revenge upon the man who currently holds the gold, Chris Weidman. It would also guarantee that Munoz wouldn't go through another one of his Fat Bastard phases.
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