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 MMAWeekly.com as the UFC on Fox 2 situation progresses.