Lyoto Machida vs Mark Munoz Set For UFC Fight Night 30 Main Event

Published on September 27th, 2013 11:31 pm EST

After suffering an eye injury, Michael "The Count" Bisping was forced to pull out of his planned fight against Mark Munoz on October 26th. This was surely a disappointing turn of events for Bisping, as he was set to fight in front of his hometown fans in Manchester, England.

In Bisping's place? Lyoto Machida, who will now be making his Middleweight debut against Mark Munoz. Machida was originally supposed to square off against Tim Kennedy on November 6th, but the UFC elected to scratch that fight and move Machida to the October 26th to take on Mark Munoz. It's not hard to see why, as Machida/Munoz is a much more compelling match-up than Machida/Kennedy, in my opinion.

The winner of Bisping/Munoz was likely to get consideration for a Middleweight title shot. Having said that, slotting Machida into this fight shouldn't change anything, as I'm sure that the UFC wouldn't be too disappointed to have Machida fighting for the Middleweight title. Unless, of course, Anderson Silva regains the Middleweight title - in which case, Machida and Silva have already said that they would never fight each other.

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It's unknown at this time as to how long "The Count" will be out of action. Let's hope that he makes a quick and full recovery, as his matches never disappoint.

What do you think of the Munoz/Machida fight? Is this a nearly impossible stylistic match-up for Munoz, or does he have a chance of winning here?


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