For Mark Munoz, the change in opponent from Michael Bisping to Lyoto Machida was a shocking one.
Munoz, who returned earlier this year and defeated Tim Boetsch, will face Machida later this month at UFC Fight Night 30 from England. Bisping was forced out after suffering an eye injury.
“It is kind of a crazy turn. I didn’t even known Bisping was hurt, and then all of a sudden, I’m fighting Lyoto Machida in three weeks,” said Munoz, during an interview with Bleacher Report. “I’m down to fight anyone at any time, but I have to admit, the whole thing kind of surprised me because it all came in at the same time and was very last minute.
“But that is the nature of this game and you have to be ready for anything.”
Munoz (13-3) had been on the sidelines since early in 2012 prior to returning to defeat Boetsch. He is a former NCAA champion from Oklahoma State University, and will try to use his wrestling and vaunted ground-and-pound to rudely welcome Machida to the 185-pound division.
“I only have three weeks to prepare for him,” Munoz admitted, “but he only has three weeks to prepare for me, as well.”