Lyoto Machida diehards can rest easier knowing the former champion has finally booked a return trip to the Octagon.
According to a report coming out of mmaweekly.com, UFC president Dana White recently confirmed with the news outlet that he has booked Machida to face Phil Davis at the upcoming UFC 140 event set for December.
UFC 140 is set to take place in Toronto on December 10 from the Air Canada Centre. So far the only main card bouts confirmed for the event are set between Rory MacDonald vs. Brian Ebersole, Tito Ortiz vs. “Lil Nog” and Frank Mir vs. “Big Nog” which will likely serve as the evening’s main event. We can now add Lyoto Machida vs. Phil Davis to the growing list of talent scheduled for the night.
Machida has not seen action since this past April when he took out UFC hall-of-famer, Randy Couture in a vicious second-round knockout via front kick to the face. Prior to the victory Machida had suffered back-to-back losses to both Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
Davis is coming in after having to withdraw from his scheduled meeting with Rashad Evans after suffering an injury in training. The undefeated NCAA Division 1 National Wrestling Champion has beaten the likes of Brian Stann, Alexander Gustafsson, Tim Boetsch and most recently Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and has earned a spot amongst the divisions elite athletes.
While this bout is yet to be announced by the UFC it is expected to take place on the evening main card and could possibly serve as a five-round non-title fight according to the initial report.
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