Mark Munoz was originally set to face Michael Bisping in the main event of UFC Fight Night 30. Unfortunately, a serious eye injury forced Bisping to drop out of that match-up, and in the subsequent shuffle, Lyoto Machida has been rescheduled to fill in for him. Unlike the trash-talking Bisping, though, Machida is actually a friend of Munoz, a situation many fighters would find awkward.
Munoz isn’t worried, though, and in a recent interview with Bleacher Report, stated that he’s ready to fight his friend, and that it’s “nothing personal”
“He is a friend of mine and we have trained together in the past, but that isn’t something I have a problem with. I’ve fought friends before and it’s nothing personal.
“Now, I’ll make the adjustments in training and preparing for his style to make sure I’m ready when I step into that cage. It’s an abrupt turn, and Machida has an unorthodox style that is difficult to duplicate, but at the same time, he’s never faced anyone who fights the way I do either. It goes both ways in this situation. I only have three weeks to prepare for him, but he only has three weeks to prepare for me as well.
Munoz is 13-3 in his MMA career, and despite losses to Chris Weidman and Yushin Okami, holds the No.5 spot in the middleweight divisional rankings.
Machida, a former light heavyweight champion, will be using this opportunity to drop down to middleweight after a controversial decision loss to Phil Davis at UFC 163.
UFC Fight Night 30 will take place on Oct. 26 at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England. It will air live on Fox Sports 2 in the U.S.