Lyoto Machida. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
A previously planned light heavyweight bout between undefeated contenders Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva has reportedly been moved to UFC 93 on January 31 in Las Vegas according to Tatame.com. The report cites unnamed sources as confirming the UFC’s decision.
The two were originally scheduled to face off on the main card of UFC 89 on October 18 until Silva was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a lingering back problem. Instead of finding a replacement opponent for Machida, the UFC opted to pull him from the card completely.
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 93 is expected to feature a much-anticipated rematch between current UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and reigning UFC lightweight title holder B.J. Penn. The two first fought at UFC 58 in March 2006, where St. Pierre earned a controversial split decision over Penn.
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