Michael Bisping Cleared To Start Training, Wants To Fight In March Or April

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Michael Bisping hasn’t competed inside the octagon since he defeated Alan Belcher at UFC 159 in April. Bisping was scheduled to headline UFC Fight Night 30 last month against Mark Munoz, but had to bow out of the fight due to a detached retina. “The Count” gave an update tonight on “UFC Tonight” regarding his status and it was good news.

“If people don’t know, I had a detached retina,” Bisping stated. “I was at the doctor’s this morning and they’ve given me the green light to start properly training again. I’ve been running and lifting weights for a while. Now I can get back in the MMA gyms to work on a few things. He actually said, ‘call the UFC and book a fight. You’re definitely going to be able to fight around March or April of next year.”

Bisping has been having a war of words as of late with UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy and stated that Kennedy wouldn’t be his first choice, but would never turn down an opponent.

“I wouldn’t say there’s been back and forth with Tim Kennedy,” Bisping said. “I’d say there’s been Tim Kennedy chomping at the bit, trying to make a name for himself. he came over from Strikeforce, he’s had a couple wins over people I’ve never heard of, and he’s trying to get some notoriety. Of course, people like to call me out, I’m no stranger to that. Good for him.

“I’ve never turned down an opponent once, I’m not going to start with Tim Kennedy,” Bisping continued. “If that’s who the UFC wants, I’ll be happy to fight him. Myself personally, I would like someone ranked a little higher up the ladder, someone in the top five maybe. But it’s down to the UFC.”

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Lyoto Machida vs Gegard Mousasi To Headline UFC Event In Brazil On February 8

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For those thinking Lyoto Machida was going to get a shot at the UFC middleweight title in his next fight were wrong. Globo.com

The event will take place at the Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The card will be a UFC Fight Night event and will be tlelvised on Fox Sports 2.

Machida made his middleweight debut last week at UFC Fight Night 30 when he knocked out Mark Munoz in the first round.

Mousasi last fought in April when he made his UFC debut when he defeated Ilir Latifi at an event in Sweden. The former Strikeforce champion is 6-0-1 in his last seven fights and hasn't fought at middleweight since 2008.

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UFC Fight Night 30 Results: Machida Knocks Munoz’s Head, Guillard vs Pearson Ends in Controversy

A lot of questions were surrounding Lyoto Machida as he was making his long anticipated debut at middleweight. Machida had spent his entire career at light heavyweight and becoming the champion. In front of Machida was his friend and occasional training partner, Mark Munoz.

The two battled in the main event of UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester, England.

The fight started with feeling each other out for the first 70 seconds of the fight until Machida came in wwith a two punch combination. Munoz lunged at a takedown but missed badly. Machida then lands with two jabs and then a moment later a body kick.

Lyoto Machida defeated Mark Munoz via KO at 3:10 of Round 1

Each man is circling each other and then Machida a left head kick that knocked down Munoz and was going to throw a punch, but referee Leon Roberts came in and stopped the fight.

The co-main event feature lightweights Melvin Guillard and Ross Pearson. Fight started with both gusy trading shots in the first minute of the opening round. Guillard started opening up throwing combinations and bobbing and weaving Pearson’s shots.

With 3:10 left in the opening round Pearson attempted a flying knee, Pearson grabbed went Guillard and they to the ground. Guillard then threw a knee and then another knee with Pearson’s hand on the ground, which is illegal.

Pearson had a horrible gash on his forehead. Referee Marc Goddard said that the second knee was illegal and the doctor looked at Pearson’s cut and wasn’t allowed to continue.

Since the fight was still in the first round, the fight was deemed a no contest.

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UFC Fight Night 30 Weigh-In Results: Machida, Munoz on Weight For The Main Event

UFC Fight Night 30 weigh-ins just took place at the Manchester Central in England. 23 of the 24 made weight as flyweight John Lineker weighed in at 128 pounds and has one hour to lose two pounds. Here are the weigh-in results.

MAIN CARD
- Lyoto Machida (185) vs. Mark Munoz (186)
- Melvin Guillard (155) vs. Ross Pearson (156)
- Ryan Jimmo (204) vs. Jimi Manuwa (205)
- Norman Parke (155) vs. Jon Tuck (155)
- Nicholas Musoke (186) vs. Alessio Sakara (185)
- Phil Harris (125) vs. John Lineker (128)

PRELIMINARY CARD
- Piotr Hallmann (155) vs. Al Iaquinta (155)
- Luke Barnatt (185) vs. Andrew Craig (186)
- Jessica Andrade (134) vs. Rosi Sexton (135)
- Cole Miller (146) vs. Andy Ogle (145)
- Jimy Hettes (145) vs. Robert Whiteford (145)
- Michael Kuiper (185) vs. Brad Scott (186)

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Watch UFC Fight Night 30 Weigh-Ins Today Starting At 11 AM ET At BetweenTheRopes.com

UFC Fight Night 30 takes place tomorrow night from the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England. The main event will feature former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida making his debut at middleweight as he will square off with Mark Munoz. The co-main event will feature Melvin Guillard facing off with Ross Pearson in lightweight action.

Before the card takes place, all 24 fighters will weigh-in today to make their fights official. Weigh-ins take place at Manchester Central in England and the first fighter will tip the scale at 11 a.m. ET.

You can watch today’s weigh-ins at the video above.

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Dana White UFC Fight Night 30 Video Blog: Behind The Scenes Of UFC 165

UFC Fight Night 30 takes place on Saturday night from the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England. The main event will feature former UFC light heavyweight Lyoto Machida making his middleweight debut against Mark Munoz.

Before every event UFC President Dana White comes out with a video blog. This new video blog takes a look back at UFC 165, which took place last month. The video goes behind the scenes of the including great footage of right before and after the epic main event of UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, with Jones winning by a close unanimous decision.

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Between The Ropes MMA Podcast – UFC 166 Recap, Cain is the Man

Brian and Steve look back at UFC 166 from over the weekend including Cain Velasquez retaining the heavyweight championship with a dominating win against Junior dos Santos, the all-time classic between Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez and the rest of the card, who could be next for Velasquez, Daniel Cormier moving to light heavyweight and the upcoming UFC Fight Night show headlined by Mark Munoz vs. Lyoto Machida.

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Michael Bisping Out With Eye Injury, Lyoto Machida Faces Mark Munoz At UFC Fight Night 30

The UFC announced that Michael Bisping is out with an eye injury and Lyoto Machida will replace Bisping and face Mark Munoz in the main event of UFC Fight Night 30.

Bisping had suffered a detached earlier this year and had complications with the eye in training and therefore had to bow out of the fight. MMAFighting.com is reporting that Bisping will not need corrective surgery, but he will be out of action for five to six months.

UFC President Dana White stated to ESPN.com that he will get Bisping the best treatment possible.

“We’re going to get [Bisping] the best treatment possible,” White stated. “Hopefully he’ll be able to get through this thing.”

Machida was scheduled to face Tim Kennedy in his debut at middleweight in the main event at UFC Fight For The Troops event on November 6.

UFC Fight Night 30 takes place on Saturday, October 26 from the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England.

Here is the card for UFC Fight Night 30:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 2, 3 p.m. ET)
- Lyoto Machida vs. Mark Munoz
- Melvin Guillard vs. Ross Pearson
- Ryan Jimmo vs. Jimi Manuwa
- Norman Parke vs. Jon Tuck
- Magnus Cedenblad vs. Alessio Sakara
- Phil Harris vs. John Lineker

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 11:45 a.m. ET)
- Piotr Hallmann vs. Al Iaquinta
- Luke Barnatt vs. Andrew Craig
- Jessica Andrade vs. Rosi Sexton
- Cole Miller vs. Andy Ogle
- Jimy Hettes vs. Mike Wilkinson
- Michael Kuiper vs. Brad Scott

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Between The Ropes | Ricardo Lamas and Tim Boetsch Discuss UFC 162 – July 4, 2013

On today’s podcast we start our preview for UFC 162, which takes this Saturday night in Las Vegas. The main event of that show will feature UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva as he will be squaring off with Chris Weidman.

On today’s podcast we speak to UFC middleweight Tim Boetsch as he discusses his bout with Mark Munoz this Saturday night. Boetsch discusses his loss at UFC 155, PED usage, where a victory puts him in the middleweight division and much more.

We also speak to UFC featherweight contender Ricardo Lamas, who was supposed to fight the Korean Zombie at this weekend’s card. Lamas goes into why he deserved the shot at UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo instead of Zombie at UFC 163 in August, if he feels like Johny Hendricks, if he will wait for the winner of Aldo/Zombie and much more.

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