Lyoto Machida Replaces Injured Bisping For UFC Fight Night 30 Bout With Tim Kennedy


Lyoto Machida

Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


Michael Bisping (24-5) has been forced out of his UFC Fight Night 30 bout with Mark Munoz (13-3), after suffering a detached retina which is likely to keep him out of action for 4-6 months. With the card, set to be held in Manchester, England, now lacking star power in Bisping’s absence, the UFC have opted to bring in Lyoto Machida (19-4, pictured), who will now take on Munoz in the main event.

Machida had been scheduled to appear on the UFC Fight For The Troops 3 event on November 6th against Tim Kennedy (16-4). However, with Machida stepping in to take on Munoz, a replacement for Kennedy will now be sought and announced in the coming days.


A disappointed Bisping said,

“Words cannot describe how sad I am having to withdraw from my fight. I apologise to the UFC, to Munoz and to everyone who bought tickets.”

Bisping is the third Brit who has had to pull out of the Manchester event, with previous injuries forcing Tom Watson (16-6) and Paul Taylor (11-6-1 (1nc)) to also withdraw from their scheduled bouts.

UFC Fight Night 30 takes place on October 26th at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, England. You can check out the updated card following the recent changes below.

UFC Fight Night 30:

Main Card:
Middleweight Bout – Lyoto Machida (19-4) vs Mark Munoz (13-3)
Lightweight Bout – Ross Pearson (15-6) vs Melvin Guillard (31-12-2 (1nc))
Light Heavyweight Bout – Jimi Manuwa (13-0) vs Ryan Jimmo (18-2)
Lightweight Bout – Norman Parke (18-2) vs Jon Tuck (7-0)
Middleweight Bout – Magnus Cedenblad (11-4) vs Alessio Sakara (19-10 (1nc))
Flyweight Bout – Phil Harris (22-10 (1nc)) vs John Lineker (22-6)

Preliminary Card:
Middleweight Bout – Luke Barnatt (6-0) vs Andrew Craig (9-1)
Women’s Bantamweight Bout – Rosi Sexton (12-3) vs Jessica Andrade (9-3)
Featherweight Bout – Andy Ogle (9-2) vs Cole Miller (19-8)
Lightweight Bout – Al Iaquinta (6-2-1) vs  Piotr Hallmann (14-1)
Featherweight Bout – Mike Wilkinson (8-1) vs Jimy Hettes (10-1)
Middleweight Bout – Bradley Scott (8-2) vs Michael Kuiper (12-2)

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