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Tuesday, 01/17/2012, 02:21 pm

UFC NEWS – Munoz Injured, Bisping In Against Sonnen For Number-One Contender


An undisclosed injury has forced Mark Munoz out of his co-main event title-eliminator bout against Chael Sonnen scheduled for the UFC’s second appearance on FOX TV.

In his place comes Michael Bisping.

The winner of the newly minted Bisping vs. Sonnen main event will fight Anderson Silva for his middleweight title.

In the main event, Phil Davis will square off with Rashad Evans for the number one contender seat in the UFC’s light-heavyweight division ruled over by Jon Jones. The co-feature of the evening is a middleweight number one contender bout between Michael Bisping and Chael Sonnen.

No word on who Maia will fight as a replacement to Bisping or if he will stay on the card at all.

Chael Sonnen appeared to be locked for a title shot against Anderson Silva. UFC President Dana White even went as far as to state that he would be a fool not to put Chael in the cage with the middleweight champion. However, after word got out that Silva is on the shelf until June of 2012, Sonnen apparently wanted to stay active and will now face Munoz for the number one contender seat.

Bisping is fresh off of his three-round destruction of Jason “Mayhem” Miller. The two coached opposite each other on the 14th season of “The Ultimate Fighter” and faced off in the traditional coach vs. coach matchup this past weekend. The victory gave Bisping his fourth straight win in the UFC’s middleweight division since posting only his second divisional loss to Wanderlei Silva. Since dropping to middleweight the British fighter has posted an impressive 8-2 record.

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