Machida accepted Mark Munoz fight so he wouldn't disappoint UFC
"I thought for a while about it (when UFC offered the change), but I didnít want to disappoint and frustrate the UFC," Machida told MMAFighting.com. "The date wasnít that bad. I was already training hard for my fight, so I decided to take it. They were both main events, but this is a better one because Mark Munoz is better ranked and itís not a (Fight For The Troops) card."
Munoz has one submission and six knockouts on his record, while Kennedy finished eight of his 16 wins by submission. However, Machida sees some similarities in their games.
"Theyíre not that different," he said. "They both have similar styles, but Tim Kennedy likes to go for the takedown from the body lock and Munoz moves more. But they basically have similar styles."
One advantage against Munoz, which Machida wouldnít have over Kennedy, is the fact that they used to train together.
"We were training together so thatís a little complicated, but thatís inevitable here in California," he said. "We always look for better training so we ended up training together. Itís complicated, but itís tough for both of us. Iíve learned some things from his game, but he did too.
"Mark Munoz was always very friendly, gave me tips during trainings," he continued. "We helped each other a lot. But we were training together, itís not like he was teaching me. You test yourself a lot during sparring."
Following a frustrating and controversial unanimous decision loss to Phil Davis at UFC 163 in Rio de Janeiro, "The Dragon" wants to leave no doubts in Manchester.
"I always go to win decisively," he said. "I had a (foot) injury and couldnít show what I wanted in my last fight, but Iíll be different this time."