Not So Fast: Looks Like Lyoto Machida vs. Phil Davis at UFC 140 is a No-Go

September 27, 2011
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When Phil Davis had to drop out of the UFC 133 main event due to injury, and Lyoto Machida was unwilling to step in on a moment’s notice, everyone was left wondering what was next for both fighters.

It probably came as no shock then that the two Top 10-ranked light heavyweights might square off against one another in their next fight.

UFC president Dana White on Tuesday told that the Machida and Davis would square off at UFC 140 on Dec. 10 in Toronto. He added that it would likely be a five-round, non-title-fight main event.

Shortly thereafter, however, White discovered he may have let that fight slip just a bit too soon.

“I jumped the gun on Machida vs Davis,” he tweeted shortly after initially announcing the bout following the UFC 139 kickoff press conference in San Jose, Calif. “Just found out Davis is still recovering from knee surgery. Sorry about that!”

Machida (17-2) is coming off of a victory over UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, while Davis (9-0) last fought and defeated Machida’s teammate Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

The bout would make sense with most of the other top light heavyweights either just coming off of a bout or already tied up. UFC champion Jon Jones just finished Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 135 over the weekend, and returning former Strikeforce and Pride champion Dan Henderson is slated to face Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the main event of UFC 139.

But it now sounds as if Machida vs. Davis won’t happen at UFC 140. There was no word yet if the bout would remain intact and possibly be moved to a later date.

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  • Why can’t they have Machida vs Ryan Bader? Or Machida vs Tito Ortiz 2?? Or Machida vs Alexander Gustaffson?? The UFC always gets stuck on certain fighters and certain matchups. I like to see more variety!!!

  • tsszaltax

    Bader is way out of the top 10, he doesnt deserve to fight #5 right now, same with Ortiz, not to mention he’s on suspension from his TKO loss to Evans. Machida would gain anything from beating a #9 in Gustaffson either, so I wouldnt see him taking that fight. It’d be good for Gustaffson though, if he did.

  • tsszaltax

    Wouldnt* gain anything, sorry.

  • bajafox

    Can’t stand Machida’s “elusive” style of fighting. I agree he doesn’t gain anything from fighting anyone outside the top 10, personally I don’t mind if he’s on the sidelines for a while.

    I think Phil Davis is the most obvious fight for Machida, unless he’s waiting for the loser of Hendo/Shogun