With less than two weeks to go the UFC on FOX 2 lineup has undergone a significant change after Mark Munoz suffered an undisclosed injury while training this afternoon for the January 28 event. As a result Michael Bisping, who was scheduled to face Demian Maia on the card, will fill the vacancy created by Munoz’s withdrawal and face Chael Sonnen for top contendership in the middleweight division. As a result Maia will now clash with 7-0 wrestler Chris Weidman at the event.
News of the change was confirmed by UFC President Dana White via Twitter where he stated the winner of Bisping-Sonnen would be next in line for 185-pound champion Anderson Silva.
Sonnen (26-11-1) and Bisping (22-3) are both coming off impressive performances in their previous bouts with the Brit pummeling Jason Miller at the Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale and Sonnen tapping out Brian Stann at UFC 136. Bisping has won four straight scraps while Sonnen has victories in four of five, the only exception of course being his memorable mistake against Silva at UFC 117 where a one-sided decision win quickly turned into a submission loss with only minutes remaining in the five-round fight.
UFC on FOX 2 is headlined by Rashad Evans taking on Phil Davis with a future title-shot likely on the line as well. Other match-ups on the card include Nik Lentz vs. Evan Dunham, Shane Roller vs. Michael Johnson, and George Roop vs. Cub Swanson.
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