Mark Munoz Injured; Chael Sonnen vs. Michael Bisping New UFC on Fox 2 Co-Main Event

January 17, 2012
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Less than two weeks removed from the event, the UFC on Fox 2 fight card has undergone a major change. Chael Sonnen will now face Michael Bisping in the co-main event with Mark Munoz falling off the card due to injury.

UFC president Dana White announced the change Tuesday afternoon.

“Munoz is injured and out of the FOX fight!” White tweeted. “Now it’s Chael Sonnen vs Mike Bisping jan 28th and the winner will fight Anderson for the title.”

The UFC had been planning on the winner of Sonnen vs. Munoz to face Silva for the title, likely at a stadium-sized event in June in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The winner between Michael Bisping and Damian Maia, which was to be the third fight of a triple-header on Fox, would then be the next in line.

The change-up keeps Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis at the top of the UFC on Fox 2 fight card with Sonnen vs. Bisping as the co-headliner. UFC officials, however, at the time of publication, did not know what fight or if a third fight would be slotted into the mix on Fox.

Saying that all the shuffling had happened just prior to White releasing the information, the promotion had not yet determined a new opponent for Maia, or what other direction the card might take with Munoz’s absence, aside from pitting Sonnen vs. Bisping.

Both Sonnen and Bisping are known for their gift of gab, and it didn’t take long for the UFC to encourage Bisping and Sonnen to put their gifts on display.

“Chael Sonnen’s best weapon is his mouth, and that’s something that’s going to be absolutely useless in this fight,” he said via UFC’s official Twitter account. “I see a very bright future for Chael Sonnen as a used car salesman, very soon.”

That was followed by Sonnen’s retort. “I am going to knock the teeth out of this snot nosed Brit who calls himself royalty, who calls himself a Count. I am MMA royalty and America will tune into the Chael Sonnen show next Saturday on FOX.”

The verbal jabs between the two are likely to reach a fever pitch rather quickly.

Stay tuned to as the UFC on Fox 2 situation progresses.

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  • I dislike both of them….it’s a win/loose outcome

  • lawrensco

    Lopsided ground and pound decision for Sonnen. But hey, I have no problem watching bisbing get beat up for 15 minutes.

  • clintneal

    Bisbing has good take down defense hes fought better wrestlers with hammil and evans.

    • CuttingWeightBlows

      I made an account just so i could flame the ***************************************** comment. Lets see here, Hamil wrestled for a Div 3 school, Evans had a mediocre run in a Div 1 School (Michigan state). Chael wrestled in a Div 1 school had a good record, wrestled greco roman, and was an olympic alternate in freestyle wrestling. Some people i swear…

      • bbtakayama

        You forgot to mention that Bisping fought Rashad and Hamill at 205. I know that doesn’t make their wrestling technique any better but I think it matters in MMA. Sonnen will get submitted, he is really good at tapping out, usually to the brown people he despises so much.

        • RonnieV

          Effin idiot

        • collideoverme

          HAHAHA You know nothing. Bisping will not win this fight. Period. We will get taken down, and his face pounding in until the ref stops him at the end of each round. Ask Stann what happened to him in their fight and what he said afterwards…
          Bisping isn’t even in the same league with Stann. Good try though buddy.

  • shereko

    Is there a way they can both lose? Thats a whole lot of stupid things coming out of their mouths all in one place.

  • bajafox

    Any chance to see Bisping get beat up for free is a good night in my book, even if it is from Sonnen

  • Mma fanatic

    I don’t like all of Sonnens talk but he backs that talk up in my book! Chael is gonna Absolutly destroy Bisping!! I think Stann could beat Bisping! I think Chael gets the finish !!

    • bbtakayama

      What a bold prediction!!! Sonnen will get submitted in the second round.

    • maddawgmar

      I agree. Sonnen backs his trash talk up. He beats up top fighters even if he eventually loses by a flash submission, he prove he is that good. Bisping however hasn’t backed it up against a top fighter ever. Anytime he gets close he gets KTFO, or jus whooped. Evans, Henderson, then an over the hill Wandy. He will have to back it up with impressive style to be considered top ten.

      Plus Sonnen is hilarious where Bisping is jus annoying.

  • bbtakayama

    I know it’s a free card, but I would pay a lot of money to see this fight, if I was guaranteed a double knockout, and they both end up in a coma. Maybe Brock can come back and jump in the ring with a steel chair and smash both of them.

  • clintneal

    Michael has never been submitted idk if I seen him tapping out

  • Awesome! This is a better fight.

    • collideoverme

      This is a better fight than Evans vs Davis!

  • maddawgmar

    Ppl talk about Bispings fantastic takedown defense. Refresh my memory, who took him down and held him down in the first round last fight…… Oh that right Mayhem Miller. Yeah he must be Olympic caliber to take Bisping down. Yeah he got worked after gassing. Hamill better wrestler than Chael. Laugh. You think Hamill can take Silva down and control him. Only one other person has controlled Silva on the ground like Chael, and that’s Henderson. Save Hendo did it one round where Chael did it for four and a half rounds. Lisping won’t be able to stop the takedowns of Sonnen.

  • RonnieV

    Cool, this is the fight many of us wanted anyway. I hope Sonnen destroys him.

  • bbtakayama

    They are both overrated. They are both douchebags. Who has been submitted 8 times? Who has never beat a top five fighter? Sonnen will probably beat Bisping and then will lose again to Anderson Silva, a real champion and someone with class. Not just some cracker that a bunch of fat white Americans like to cheer for because they go to the same tea-party rallies.

    • collideoverme

      Ohhh, now it makes sense…cracker, fat white americans…
      Are you perhaps…racist(Brazilian) by any chance? Well, I’m white, not fat, and I’m not particularly fond of crackers so piss off.

      • bbtakayama

        Haha, I am racist, and I am not Brazilian. I am white. I don’t like stupid white trash like Chael Sonnen. He’s a hypocrite. He “talks” about being a real man and bla bla bla. Then he gets caught cheating in the biggest fight of his life, and still loses. Then gets busted for money laundering. He’s a loser.
        Piss off, thats a British saying right?

        • That “loser” is laughing all the way to the bank. The more you talk about him, the more money you put in his pocket and he thanks you for it.

          • bbtakayama

            I don’t think Chael ever laughs, he has a stick too far up his ass for that. But you are unfortunately correct, I’ve been to a couple of his fights, so he has made money off of me. Luckily I got to see him get submitted by Filho and Jeremy Horn.

          • fitefan

            Frequent trips to the bank is not an eraser for being a loser. Nor is it an excuse.

        • RonnieV

          “bbtakayama” – Congratulations, you are officially the biggest idiot to ever post on this site.

  • @Maddawg Mayhem did take Bisping down in the first round, held him there with a leg triangle, and did NO DAMAGE. I hate Bisping but I am definitely rooting for him in this fight. Sonnen is garbage, he’s MMA royalty? Jester maybe. It’s easy to hold a man down when you have testosterone levels 17 times higher than normal and 4 times higher than the maximum allowed for an athlete….and still get submitted.

    @bbtakayama I’m hoping for the same.

  • T Spoon

    Sonnen will wrestle Bisping down, again and again. Bisping doesn’t have enough power to catch sonnen with a KO. Sonnen will pull off a decision win, there is no doubt.

  • jtmma

    Of course testosterone is directly related to takedown ability. God damn you guys are retarded. Bisping doesn’t have a prayer save Sonnen slipping on the piss that trickled out of Bisping’s pants on the way to the cage.

    • MrAdidas

      BAHAHAHA – no kidding right?!? People who say Sonnen was on “roids” & still lost, WTF does that even mean? So, people who take roids ALWAYS have & WILL win?!? UGHHH NO!

      I like the “slipping on Bispings piss…” – priceless!

  • I think Chael wins but I’m not counting Bisping out or overlooking the guy.

    A lot of people write Bisping off as a knee jerk reaction mainly because of how much they dislike the guy. He’s a good fighter and that needs to be respected.

  • maddawgmar

    All people can say is he cheated. Yes he tested positive, but he demolished Silva in everyway. Stand up takedown and ground game. He was stupid and got caught. I’m not making excuses. But you think that Cyborg would have lost if she didn’t take steroids. He’ll no she still was gonna win. Aggression doesn’t equal skill. Sonnen will show everyone and silence his critics when he beats Bisping and then beats Silva. We are at a crossroad in MMA. Started with Edgar then went to Velasquez and Dos Santos, Jones now the middle weight classes are gonna start to change over. Silva first then GSP, time for the new class to take over gents. Jus wait and see.

    • bbtakayama

      If you think a 34 year old with a 26-11-1 record is part of the new class, or is part of the next generation of fighters, then you are even dumber than me. If anything he can be the Antonio Tarver of the UFC, and that will be his legacy, if he’s lucky enough to beat Anderson.

      • maddawgmar

        People peak at different times in there career. Look at Belfort. He’s been fighting for ten plus years. Yet he is the best he’s ever been. After losses to people who he would decimate now. Chael has hit his stride, and he is going to be hard to stop. Even if he is a Tarver type, he changes the guards. That is what I mean by new class, fighters that have jus reached top tier. Some are young and some are older but the reigning pfp kings are gonna have tougher times beating these guys. Overeem is another great example ten years plus fighting and he is jus recently found his right weight and strength for his skills. Watch a change over is gonna happen. I think WW and LW are the closest divisions with the most fighters vying for the top spot. MW is not far off. Interesting couple of years are ahead of us.

        • bbtakayama

          Sweet, now we are talking. Vitor is probably one of the most underrated fighters,, longevity, how he wins, and if you look at who he has lost to, and take into consideration the things he has been thru in his personal life… LW is the deepest division by far, I am stoked to see Smooth get a shot at the title… It is just a matter of time before Anderson loses… I can’t wait to see GSP lose, so I can stay awake during WW title fights… Sonnen is good, until he shows me he knows how to defend the most basic jiu-jitsu moves, then I will think of him a little more highly. And if he stops being so white 🙂

  • a lot of people cheering for the underdogs these days…. i bet a lot of the people who thought johnson was gonna win think bisping has even the slightest chance in this fight. he’s a good fighter but thats why he’s not in with the elite at MW, he’s only good.

  • sb

    bbtakayama your a tool and We the fat white people tribe don’t welcome you any longer, actually we never did, its just that we didn’t want to hurt your precious little fat feelings. See everyone knows you used to be fat but then you had enough and started to curb your diet and buy one of those jerk off shaking weights. So now you piss on the only people who really ever tolerated you.

    Btw, I just talked to Chief Cracker and he agrees that even though your no longer physically fat your brain still is. Fatty!

    • bbtakayama

      I feel like something I said upset you. Lets go to Applebee’s and talk about it. They have those new under 6,000 calorie meals right?

  • Intense1981

    I honestly hope…. BISPIG gets his ass handed to him… Id pay money to see all of england see him get knocked the fock out on national tv….

  • Some of you guys are a little too emotionally involved here. LOL

    • rsnowbass

      Agreed. There’s more entertainment value in these replies than there is interest in some of the articles…

  • fsunoles09

    poor bisping

  • Mario

    Bisping is a quality fighter, but Chael Sonnen will take him down over, and over, and over again with ease. I liked the Munoz fight better because at least he would have brought it more.

    Chael via Decision.

  • Any word on Munoz’ injury? Any chance they pulled Munoz and gave Chael an opponent where the outcome is slightly more favorable so as not to burn the money maker that is Sonnen – Silva II?

    Tinfoil hat time…

  • MikeMc1983

    I was going to stay out of the pissing contest, but I just couldn’t.
    I do love how people are still describing Chanel’s attempt to actuall finish Anderson as a stupid move.
    He was in a fight for over 20 min on the ground with his head glued to his chest. Sees the fight coming to an end and thought “maybe I should take a minute and posture up, so I can have a little power.” I was disappointed he didn’t try to hurt Anderson earlier. He acted like a fighter for a minute, and lost. I give the guy credit for trying to do what he said he’d do. Even though he was only going to try for about a minute.

    Sonnen is a clear favorite over bisbing. It’s not that bisbing can’t win, but he’s not suppose to. It’s not even that sonnen is that great of a wrestler, but he bum rushes, and doesn’t stop. It’s like a linebacker going after a quarterback. Their pedigree of wrestling isn’t really important since Chael isn’t exactly going out there trying to out maneuver anyone. It’s effective though. That’s why chaels a favorite.

    • RonnieV

      Disagree, Chael had some pretty solid ground & pound on Silva, including a ton of vicious elbows. That fight was far from boring. Unlike GSP, Fitch & Woodley, that is the type of ground & pound most of us would like to see from wrestlers.

      I’m not a huge Sonnen fan, but he really impressed me in that fight, and he backed-up all his trash talk. I believe Silva is scared to step in the octagon with him again. I applaud him for locking in that triangle armbar in the 23rd minute of the fight. Impressive considering he lost the first four rounds decisively.

    • lawrensco

      The sport you’re looking for is boxing Mike. Anybody that considers the Sonnen/Silva fight as anything less than a war should be watching boxing. Look it up, watch it again, think about what you watched, and if you still think Sonnen only fought for 1 min, then at the risk of sounding repetitive, boxing is a better suit for you.

      Now I’ve seen your comments all over this site before, so I would be shocked if you didn’t come back with a somewhat condescending reply to this, but my point that I’m trying to get across is that wrestling is a major part of MMA, deal with it.


    I hope Pigsbing gets pounded into a greasy smear on the floor.

  • fitefan

    Bisping loses. Which brings us one more fight closer to seeing that dancer get off of the top ten list. Though I sure would like to see Silva destroy him.
    So now Sonnen risks his career in a second loss to Silva. That’s if he stands by his own words.
    I can’t wait for Sonnen to call Silva out after he beats Bisping, saying it is yet another title defense for him, because he is the true champion of the MW division.

    • barchiva86

      I think you mean the “Peoples” champion….lol

    • demetrio1109

      Are you serious? Let’s see how he does against silva at 100% I don’t know why people can’t understand that the doctor’s started that he should call off the fight even Dana asked if he wanted to postpone the fight but did he no and he still won he did get wrestled to the mat for 4 rounds but let’s see if he can do it again in June….

      • MrAdidas

        LMFAO – Okay, are you saying Sonnen will not be able to get Silva to the ground?!? It’s not a question of if, its a question of how long?!? I’d like to know how Silva will somehow prevent Sonnen from taking him down at will, considering Silva did such a “GREAT” job in their first fight. Dont give me some BS answer like Silva was hurt, every fighter fights hurt, its MMA – deal with it!

  • TKD

    I will buy this fight just to see Bisping get his ass kicked. I am no Sonnen fan, but I certainly hope he destroys Bisping.