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
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