ESPN has reported that Michael Bisping (24-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC) has been removed from his scheduled bout with Mark Munoz (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) due to an eye injury. Lyoto Machida (19-4 MMA, 11-4 UFC) will now take his place at UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester, England.
Bisping was knocking on the door for a title shot before losing to Vitor Belfort (23-10 MMA, 12-6 UFC) back in January. “The Count” was able to rebound, defeating Alan Belcher (18-8 MMA, 9-6 UFC) via technical decision, due to an eye poke preventing Belcher from continuing late in the third at UFC 159. A win over Munoz would have put him that much closer to a number one contender’s bout which could eventually secure him the title shot that has eluded him in his illustrious career.
Dana White confirmed the injury, saying “We’re going to get him the best treatment possible. Hopefully he’ll be able to get through this thing.” The severity of the injury is not yet known.
The former light heavyweight champion, Machida, was originally scheduled to make his UFC debut against Tim Kennedy (16-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) on November 6th at UFC Fight Night 31: Fight for the Troops 3 card following his controversial loss to Phil Davis (12-1 (1) MMA, 8-1 (1) UFC). Kennedy is still expected to headline the card though a replacement opponent has not yet been named.