Lyoto Machida. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Rising UFC light heavyweight contender Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida will attempt to even closer to a title shot when he takes on fellow unbeaten Thiago Silva on October 18th at UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben, which will take place at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England.
The organization officially announced the bout earlier today.
Machida has won his first five fights inside the confines of the UFC. His last three wins have come over perennial top-ten fighters in his division. After dispatching of Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Kazuhiro Nakamura in consecutive fights, Machida went on to pick up the biggest victory of his career thus far, a dominating unanimous decision over former six-time UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz.
Meanwhile Silva, a product of Chute Boxe who now trains with Florida-based American Top Team, has picked up victories in his first four UFC bouts, all in impressive fashion. Silva busted into the light heavyweight contenders picture after a brutal stoppage of upstart Houston Alexander in November of last year. He last submitted newcomer Antonio Mendes by way of strikes in May.
UFC 89 will be headlined by a middleweight clash between England native Michael Bisping and hard-hitting popular veteran Chris Leben. Additional main card bouts are expected to include Diego Sanchez vs. Thiago Alves, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Luis Cane, and Dan Hardy vs. Akihiro Gono.
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