On October 29, Michael Bisping, one of the most popular British fighters in the UFC, would have been looking to keep his momentum going against the heavy-handed Mark Munoz. This was going to be a compelling middleweight belt, as the winner was more than likely next in line to challenge for the title, which is currently being held by Chris Weidman.
However, an injury has forced Bisping off the card, and it looks like the UFC is going to book Lyoto Machida as a replacement. This is an excellent move on the UFC’s part. Machida is a former light heavyweight champion, and he has defeated some quality fighters such as Rashad Evans and Randy Couture.
A Machida vs. Munoz bout might even be more compelling than the Bisping bout, as this will be Machida’s first time in the UFC at middleweight.
This is devastating news for Bisping, who had exchanged some heated words with Munoz, saying that he was going to beat him into a bigger depression. Now, he will have to sit on the sidelines and hope he can make a speedy recovery in hopes of continuing his momentum off an impressive Alan Belcher win.
For Machida, opportunity is knocking because he now has new life in this division. For a long time, Machida was able to run through opponents in the light heavyweight division, but losses to Jon Jones and Phil Davis have derailed his chances at being a champion.
If he can beat Munoz, he becomes an instant contender for the belt, making the middleweight division even more intriguing.