On Friday, reports broke out that Michael Bisping had to pull out of UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester, England slated for Oct. 26 due to an eye injury. Bisping (24-5) was supposed to face middleweight Mark Munoz (13-3).
Bisping’s injury forced the UFC to find a suitable replacement fast, which led to former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (19-4). Because Machida replaced Bisping, he was pulled from his Fight for the Troops bout with Tim Kennedy that was scheduled for November.
Bisping told The Telegraph that he apologizes to the fans.
“I am devastated for everyone who bought tickets to see me fight Munoz,” he told The Telegraph. “I am so sorry for the fans, I really am. I am disappointed for myself too, but my first thoughts are with the fans who have made sacrifices to come and see me in Manchester.”
“I can only apologize to them, and to the UFC. I have been training so hard for this fight that I just cannot believe I will not step into the Octagon in Manchester. But I promise my fans I will be back real soon.”
“It will still be a great night for the UFC fight fans as Lyoto Machida will take my place. So go to the Phones 4U Arena and still have a great time.”