For “Relentless” Paul Taylor (11-6) and Anthony “The Assassin” Njokuani (16-7) the 3rd time is not the charm, as has happened with their previously scheduled bout Taylor has withdrawn due to injury. TUF 16 finalist Al Iaquinta has stepped step in to fill the vacancy.
Taylor due to injuries has had to pull out of his last 4 scheduled bouts 1 with Donald Cerrone and 3 more against Njokuani. Following this most recent withdrawal Taylor has announced due to lingering injuries, he is retiring from MMA. Taylor last fought and won at UFC 126 knocking out Gabe Ruediger in the 2nd round, by head kick (as seen above); the win was his 6th by KO/TKO.
Njokuani saw his first 5 UFC fights go to the judges getting his hand raised against Andre Winner and John Makdessi, while suffering defeats to Edson Barboza, Danny Castillo, and Rafael dos Anjos. Most recently “The Assassin” got his 1st UFC win by stoppage scoring a TKO win over Roger Bowling at UFC on Fox 7.
Iaquinta a Team Serra-Longo member, in his second UFC outing rebounded from being submitted by Michael Chiesa in the TUF 16 finals; to defeat Ryan Couture by unanimous decision at UFC 164.
UFC Fight Night 30 takes place on October 26th at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England; and is headlined by top ten ranked Middleweights Michael “The Count” Bisping and Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz colliding.