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Lyoto Machida learned plenty of stuff from Mark Munoz

Written on October 23, 2013 by Hector

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Mark Munoz has a few tricks for Lyoto Machida in their middleweight showdown this Saturday at Manchester

Former training partners Lyoto Machida and Mark Munoz will have to put their friendship aside once they lock horns at UFC Fight Night 30 this coming Saturday. The two has spent countless hours of training together and both of them admit that they have improved their game with the help of one another. However, according to Mark Munoz, Machida benefited more from him. The Filipino Wrecking Machine also claims that he has a few tricks up on his sleeves being “The Teacher” in their time as training partners and he plans to use them on Saturday night.

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Machida believes that a win over Munoz is a step quicker towards the middleweight ranks

Written on October 09, 2013 by Hector

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Lyoto Machida knows that he will benefit more with a win over Mark Munoz

Lyoto Machida, who was initially booked to face Tim Kennedy says that he accepted the offer to fight Mark Munoz to please his promotion. Munoz is ranked in the upper parts of the division while Kennedy is just about to make his second appearance in the octagon. The former light heavyweight champ believes that he will benefit more from a win over Munoz.

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Michael Bisping willing to risk his injured eye just to fight in front of his countrymen

Written on October 09, 2013 by Hector

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Bisping’s eye injury forced Dana White to drop him out of UFC Fight Night 30

Michael Bisping was supposed to have his homecoming fight on October 26 against Mark Munoz but an eye injury forced UFC president Dana White to pull him out of the card. The fight is an important one for Bisping, not only that it would move him closer to the title but it is an opportunity for him to fight in his hometown of Manchester. Dana White revealed that it was him who forced Bisping out and that the Brit tried to convince him that he is physically fit to fight.

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Rafael Natal headlines UFC Fight for the Troops 3 against Tim Kennedy

Written on October 02, 2013 by Hector

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Rafael Natal chosen as the new opponent of Tim Kennedy

The revamp of UFC Fight Night 30’s card has left Tim Kennedy without a dance partner. Kennedy was supposed to fight Lyoto Machida in the main event of UFC Fight for the Troops 3. Machida however was pulled out in the card to fight Mark Munoz two weeks earlier than his originally scheduled middleweight debut.

Kennedy now left without an opponent, immediately calls out every roster in UFC’s middleweight division in his Twitter account. His campaign in the social networking site finally paid off when the UFC has chosen Rafael Natal as his new opponent. The news was first announced in FOXSports.com and was later confirmed by UFC.

The former US Special Force and Strikeforce contender has again twitted the news:

“Opportunity knocks @rafaelsaponatal,” he wrote. “You always win, but no one knows who you are. When I’m done with you, neither will you(Tough guy voice).”

The middleweight showdown between the two is Kennedy’s 2nd fight in the octagon. He won his debut when he outpointed Renzo Gracie last July in UFC 162. His opponent, Rafael “Sapo” Natal has won 5 of his last 6 bouts and has not lost since the start of this year. He has a professional record of 17-4-1 (5-2-1 in UFC).

[Photos by mmalog.com]

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Mark Munoz not bothered with the Machida fight

Written on September 30, 2013 by Hector

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Mark Munoz's thoughts on his upcoming bout with former UFC light heavy champion Lyto Machida

UFC No.5 ranked middleweight Mark Munoz says he doesn’t have any problem with facing Lyoto Machida in the main event of UFC Fight Night 30. He was initially scheduled to fight Michael Bisping, but the latter pulled out of the event due to an eye injury.

The two has already traded trashtalks leading up into the fight. Bisping initiated the verbal scuffle by telling that he would put Munoz in a deeper state of depression than what he experienced after the injury that had him sidelined for a year. Munoz retaliated quickly by saying that the Brit has pillow fists.

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Yushin Okami cut from the UFC

Written on September 28, 2013 by Hector

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Former middleweight contender Yushin Okami has been cut in the UFC after his TKO loss to Ronaldo Souza

This perhaps is the most surprising of UFC’s roster cuts since the promotion released welterweight contender John Fitch early this year. Officers of UFC have confirmed in MMAjunkie.com that they have released former middleweight contender Yushin Okami.

Okami, who was branded by UFC president Dana White as the best fighter to come out of Japan has been a top ranked fighter since he joined UFC in 2006. He won his debut fight with a decision against Alan Belcher in the preliminary card of UFC 69. Throughout his seven years in the UFC, Okami compiled a record of 18 wins and 5 losses. His impressive resume includes wins over the likes of Mark Munoz, Mike Swick and former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt.

The 32 year old Japanese has been riding on a three fight winning streak before losing by 1st round TKO to Ronaldo Souza in his most recent outing.

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Michael Bisping injured and out for the year, Mark Munoz faces Lyoto Machida in UFC Fight Night 30

Written on September 28, 2013 by Hector

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Michael Bisping suffered an eye injury, Mark Munoz vs. Lyot Machida will headline UFC Fight Night 30

UFC middleweight contender Michael Bisping suffered an injury and has pulled out of UFC Fight Night 30. Full details about the injury have not been disclosed but it is reported that the Brit injured his eye weeks prior to his bout against Mark Munoz. It should be noted that Bisping also suffered an eye injury after his technical decision win against Alan Belcher last April.

Meanwhile, Mark Munoz will fight former UFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida in the headlining bout of the event. Munoz is coming off an impressive unanimous decision win against Tim Boestch after taking a year off the octagon.

The fight will be Lyoto Machida’s middleweight debut. He is originally slated to face Tim Kennedy in the main event of UFC Fight for the Troops 3 that will be held on November 6.

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Tickets for ‘UFC on FUEL TV 4′ Starts Selling Next Week

Written on May 19, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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'UFC on FUEL TV 4: Munoz vs. Weidman' is set for July 11 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California

UFC officials have announced that the tickets for July’s ‘UFC on FUEL TV 4: Munoz vs. Weidman’ bout will go on sale next week.

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Mark Munoz Injured, Chael Sonnen To Face Michael Bisping

Written on January 19, 2012 by Markham Mencken

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Bisping replaces injured Mark Munoz and faces Chael Sonnen at UFC on Fox 2.

With less than two weeks before the event, Mark Munoz has been forced out of the UFC on FOX 2 co-main event. Munoz who was forced to withdraw from the fight due to an injured right elbow will be replaced by Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping.

“Munoz is injured and out of the FOX fight,” UFC President Dana White announced via Twitter. “Now it’s Chael Sonnen vs. Mike Bisping Jan. 28, and the winner will fight Anderson for the title.”

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UFC 138: Mark Scanlon Withdraws, John Maguire Steps in to Face James Head

Written on September 22, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Newcomer, John Maguire, replaces Mark Scanlon on his scheduled bout with James Head at UFC 138.

Mark Scanlon (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) was scratched off of the UFC 138 fight card for unknown reasons. He was supposed to meet James Head on the night’s preliminary card, but was now replaced by fellow UK Welterweight, John Maguire, as reported by a source close to the event.

UFC 138 will be held on November 5 at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England. The evening’s main card, which headlines the middleweight bout between Chris Leben and Mark Muñoz, will be aired on Spike TV via same-day delay. As of now, UFC officials have not yet formally confirmed the new bout.

John Maguire (16-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a former UCMMA welterweight champion who also competed in BAMMA, is now set to make his UFC debut. He currently holds a five-fight win streak, which includes a notable victory over Dean Amasinger at UCMMA 18 event.

James Head (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), on the other hand, is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt holder who started training in 2008. He opened his MMA career with a 7-1 record, which consisted of a unanimous decision victory over UFC veteran Gerald Harris. James Head just made his Octagon debut at UFC 131 last June, where he attained a submission loss to Nick Ring.

Stay tuned to Fighting Insider for more UFC 138 updates.

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