The UFC’s next trip to Manchester has been dealt a serious blow, as British star and headliner Michael Bisping has been forced to withdraw due to an eye injury. Stepping in for “The Count” to take on Mark Munoz will be none other than Lyoto Machida, who was originally scheduled to fight Tim Kennedy on November 6th.

Machida-Munoz will headlined UFC FN 30 on October 26th, which will be broadcast on FOX Sports 2 in the U.S.

News of Bisping’s injury was reported first by ESPN and the UFC has proceeded to repost the outlet’s story. Who will step into fight Kenney at “Fight for the Troops III” has yet to be determined.

The report went on to note that Bisping has had issues with the same eye before (a detached retina), and that it’s unclear at this juncture how serious the injury is. UFC President Dana White was quoted saying in the story:

“We’re going to get him the best treatment possible,” White said. “Hopefully he’ll be able to get through this thing.”

Here’s hoping Bisping has a speedy recovery.  So, Machida will compete in his first middleweight scrap versus the promotion’s #5 ranked 185’er. Munoz (13-3) returned to action this past July, for the first time since he was stopped by Chris Weidman last August, and defeated Tim Boetsch.

Machida (19-4) made the decision to drop to middleweight after he lost by UD to Phil Davis at UFC 163 in August. “The Dragon” was coming off wins over Dan Henderson and Ryan Bader.

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