Munoz Out for UFC on Fox 2 in Chicago, Sonnen to Face Bisping; Maia to Face Weidman

Posted by Danielle Hobeika on January - 17 - 2012 with Comments Off on Munoz Out for UFC on Fox 2 in Chicago, Sonnen to Face Bisping; Maia to Face Weidman

UFC President Dana White announced earlier today on Twitter that Mark Munoz sustained an injury and was forced to withdraw from his Middleweight Top Contender bout with Chael Sonnen at UFC on Fox 2 on January 28th at Chicago’s United Center.

Stepping up to take his place is Great Britan’s Michael Bisping. The winner of the Bisping-Sonnen bout will earn a title shot and face Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.

However, Bisping was slated to fight Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Demian Maia on the same card, so Maia was left without an opponent. According to White, fellow Brazilian Rousimar Palhares was offered the fight, but Palhares declined. While a match-up between the two submission specialists would have been intriguing, Palhares just fought 3 days ago at UFC 142, winning by heel hook in 1:03 of the first round over Mike Massenzio, and it would be a short turn-around time to take another fight. Instead, former NCAA All-American wrestler Chris Weidman has accepted the Demian Maia fight. Chris, who is 7-0 in his pro MMA career, will look to keep his record perfect against the former title contender.

The fight card for UFC on Fox 2 now looks like this:

Main Card – Aired on Fox TV

  • Main Event: Phil Davis vs. Rashad Evans
  • Michael Bisping vs. Chael Sonnen
  • Demian Maia vs. Chris Weidman

Preliminary Card – Aired on Fuel TV

  • Johnny Bedford vs. Mitch Gagnon
  • Evan Dunham vs. Nik Lentz
  • Michael Johnson vs. Shane Roller
  • Jon Olav Einemo vs. Mike Russow
  • George Roop vs. Cub Swanson
  • Charles Oliveira vs. Eric Wisely
  • Joey Beltran vs. Lavar Johnson
  • Chris Camozzi vs. Dustin Jacoby

For more information on UFC on Fox 2, visit www.UFC.com.

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