Chris Weidman Out of UFC 173 Due To Injury, Bout With Lyoto Machida Moved to July 5

Chris Weidman UFC Champion-478x270UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman is out of his scheduled UFC 173 title fight against Lyoto Machida due to injury. UFC officials made the announcement on Monday.

“Weidman suffered a knee injury that will require minor surgery and his bout with Machida has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 5. A new main event for UFC 173 on May 24 will be announced in the days to come,” read a statement released by the organization.

Weidman was originally scheduled to face Vitor Befort in the UFC 173 main event, but on Feb. 27 the Nevada State Athletic Commission banned the use of testosterone replacement therapy. Belfort, who was on TRT, backed out of the fight.

“Given the time constraints involved between now and my proposed next bout in May, I have determined not to apply for a license to fight in Nevada at this time,” stated Belfort at the time. Machida replaced Belfort.

UFC 173 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Weidman vs. Machida will now take place at UFC 175 on July 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

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