UFC Fight Night Preview: Lyoto Machida vs. Mark Munoz

On Saturday, October 26, UFC Fight Night features a middleweight showdown between Mark Munoz and Lyoto Machida.

Mark Munoz Highlights

Lyoto Machida Highlights

Previously, Munoz was to face Michael Bisping, who had to pull out of the bout due to an eye injury. Munoz, who had suffered a long time hand injury is anxious to reclimb the ranks and earn a title shot.

Machida, who has fought in the light heavyweight division for his entire UFC career, is making his debut at middleweight. His last fight at light heavyweight was against fast rising Phil Davis, who defeated Machida by unanimous decision. Machida is ready to get back into the win column and be the destructive force MMA fans look forward to seeing in the Octagon.

Munoz looked ultra impressive in his last bout, winning a unanimous decision in a dominant performance against Tim Boetsch at UFC 162.

Mark Munoz Interview About Fighting Lyoto Machida

In the co-main event, lightweight strikers and Ultimate Fighter alumni Ross Pearson takes on Melvin Guillard in what should be an exciting match.

In the light heavyweight division, hard hitting Jimi Manuwa takes on dynamic striker Ryan Jimmo.

Lightweight fighters Norman Parke and Jon Tuck face off in the Octagon.

Longtime veteran Alessio Sakara returns to action as he takes on Nicholas Musoke in a middleweight showdown.

The final fight on the main card features a flyweight showdown between Phil Harris and John Lineker.

UFC Fight Night Machida vs Munoz will air on Fox Sports 1, October 26, 2013.

UFC 157: Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche

On Saturday February 23rd, at UFC 157 Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche will meet inside the Octagon at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The two will be the first women fighting in the UFC, and they will be battling for the women’s bantamweight title which was awarded to Rousey by default during a “UFC on Fox 5″ pre-fight press conference. Liz Carmouche (8-2, 5 KOs) has more experience in the MMA world than Rousey (6-0,). However, Rousey is recognized around the world as the face of women’s MMA, previously held by Gina Carano. With only six professional fights, and 6 first round submissions via armbar, Rousey has thrust herself into the limelight. Nonetheless, we have yet to see Rousey’s jaw get tested, can she take a punch, can she weather a storm, nobody knows because none of her fights have gotten to that point.

Also on this stacked card is Machida vs. Henderson. The winner of this could end up meeting Jon Jones if and when he defeats Chael Sonnen. I find this fight very interesting because Dan Henderson has become more one dimensional during his recent success. He loads up that right nicknamed the H-Bomb, and he lets it rip, which has proved to be pretty damn effective. His opponent Lyoto Machida just might be the most elusive fighter in UFC history. Machida is crafty, unorthodox, a great striker, and this could prove to be very challenging for Dan Henderson who has the tendency to just come straight forward with that loaded right hand. Urijah Faber finds himself in a must win situation, a loss here could really hurt his clout, and raise the question where does he go from here. He will meet Ivan Menjivar who by no means is an easy fight.

Josh Koshcheck will meet slugger Robbie Lawler who is back in the UFC after a long absence. Robbie Lawler has struggled lately in the Octagon, and its usually when he gets caught in a submission. If Koshcheck wants to win this fight, he’ll play it smart and immediately take it to the ground. If he chooses to stand and bang with Lawler, he could quickly find himself snoring. Brendan Schaub meets Lavar Johnson, expect this fight to be over in the first round with one of these guys flat on their back, no need to say more. Other exciting bouts has Court McGee vs. Josh Neer, Michael Chiesa vs. Anton Kuivanen, and Sam Stout vs Caros Fodor.

Henderson versus Machida in UFC 157?

Will Dan Henderson face Lyoto Machida in UFC 157 in Anaheim? Reports are out and it seems that Henderson will face his heavyweight nemesis Machida for UFC 157 which is slated on February 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

The Henderson versus Machida fight was initially scheduled for UFC 156 to be seen on February 2 but the promotion changed their strategy and pitted the two great fighters instead on February 23 in Anaheim. The first to report this booking was Tatame a Brazilian outlet but the promotion officials of UFC are yet to announced this exciting event.

Dan “Hendo” Henderson is a 42 year old light heavyweight fighter from Temecula, California, United States. Hendo was set to meet Jon Jones for a UFC fight last September but he was forced to pull out from the fight after a knee injury. He is regarded as one of the most accomplished and one of the most disciplined fighters; he is a Strikeforce light heavyweight champion and a two-division Pride Fighting Championships title holder as well. If he wins the fight against Machida, this will be his fifth fight winning streak beating great fighters like Mauricio Rua, Renato Sobral and Fedor Emelianenko to name a few. Henderson has 29 wins and 8 losses in his professional career.

Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida is a light heavyweight fighter from Belem, Para, Brazil. He has a truly impressive record of 18 wins and only 3 losses in his career. His latest fight was a win against Ryan Bader in UFC on Fox 4 – Shogun versus Vera via KO in August 2012. Before this win was a loss against Jon Jones at a headline fight in UFC 140 in December 2011. During his career, he has managed to win over truly superb fighters like Mauricio Rua, David HeathTito Ortiz, Rashad Evans, Thiago Silva and B.J. Penn to name a few. His matchup with Henderson will surely be one of the most awaited duels when the year starts with a bang!

UPDATE: UFC 157 fight schedule announced and Dan Henderson will meet Lyoto Machida on the Octagon at the Honda Center, Anaheim, California, United States. This match is scheduled on February 23, 2013. Stay tuned for preliminary fights information that will surely be revealed as the New Year starts. UFC officials will certainly announce these once February draws near.