Michael Bisping out, Lyoto Machida vs. Mark Munoz now headlines UFC Fight Night 30

Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Manchester's own Michael Bisping will not be able to fight in front of his home fans next month. Taking his place against Mark Munoz in the UFC Fight Night 30 main event is Lyoto Machida.

The injury bug has hit middleweight contender Michael Bisping. The Brit was scheduled to fight Mark Munoz next month in Manchester, England, but an eye injury has forced him off the October 26th card. ESPN's Brett Okamoto first reported the story.

Replacing Bisping (24-5) is former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (19-4), who himself was set to be in the main event of UFC Fight Night 31 on November 6th against Tim Kennedy. This is Machida's first fight at middleweight after losing a widely disputed decision to Phil Davis at UFC 163 in Brazil.

While it's unfortunate that Bisping is out for the year and loses the opportunity to fight in front of a raucous group of his home fans, Machida vs. Munoz is still a great replacement fight if not arguably better. We'll know right off the bat whether or not Machida can be a middleweight contender if he wins his debut against top 10 opposition.

UFC Fight Night 30: Machida vs. Munoz airs live on Fox Sports 1 at 3 PM ET.

As for Tim Kennedy, a replacement opponent will be announced in the coming days. It certainly won't be Yushin Okami.

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