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Chute Boxe product Thiago Silva has reportedly been forced to withdraw from his bout against undefeated light heavyweight contender Lyoto Machida at UFC 89 because of a lingering back problem according to MMA Weekly.
The UFC has yet to officially announce the change but confirmation is expected over the weekend. No indications have been given in terms of a replacement opponent for Machida, although former PRIDE standouts Wanderlei Silva and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson could be called on to fill in on short notice.
Silva, 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 at UFC 84 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 include include Keith Jardine vs. Brandon Vera and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Luis Cane.
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