Fans got some bad news today when it was revealed an undisclosed injury to UFC middleweight Michael Bisping’s eye had forced him out of an October 26 tilt with fellow Top 10er Mark Munoz. Fortunately, the organization was able to find a more-than suitable replacement for the Brit, bringing in Lyoto Machida as a substitute.
UFC officials confirmed the change earlier today. Machida-Munoz will serve as the headliner at UFC Fight Night 30. No word has surfaced on how the UFC will handle the vacancy opposite Tim Kennedy, the man Machida was originally set to face on November 6 at UFC Fight Night 31.
Machida holds an overall record of 19-4 and is a former light heavyweight champion with past wins over Randy Couture, Dan Henderson, and Rashad Evans. He will be making his middleweight debut in the meeting with Munoz. Meanwhile, Munoz is 13-3 in his career and coming off an impressive outpointing of Tim Boetsch.