Light Heavyweights Lyoto Machida, Phil Davis Targeted for UFC 163 in Rio de Janeiro



A key 205-pound showdown between Lyoto Machida and Phil Davis is expected to go down at UFC 163.

Brazilian outlet Portal Vale Tudo reported the matchup on Monday, although the UFC has yet to officially confirm the bout. UFC 163 takes place at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 3 and is headlined by a featherweight title tilt between Jose Aldo and Anthony Pettis.

Since being submitted by reigning light heavyweight king Jon Jones at UFC 140, Machida has gradually worked his way back into title contention. “The Dragon” scored a second-round knockout of Ryan Bader at UFC on Fox 4 to presumably regain No. 1 contender status, only to lose that designation when he refused to face Jones on short notice last September. In his most recent outing, Machida captured a hard-fought split verdict against Dan Henderson at UFC 157. A former light heavyweight champion, Machida began his career with 16 consecutive wins before relinquishing the belt to Mauricio Rua at UFC 113.

Davis has tasted defeated just once in 12 bouts, a lopsided five-round loss to Rashad Evans in the UFC on Fox 2 main event. An accidental eye poke resulted in his next fight with Wagner Prado being ruled a no contest at UFC on Fox 4. Davis submitted Prado in the second round of their rematch before earning a unanimous decision against Vinny Magalhaes in his last appearance at UFC 159. “Mr. Wonderful” also owns notable triumphs over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Tim Boetsch, Alexander Gustafsson and Brian Stann.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • a day ago
  • 9 views

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Glover Teixeira co-headlines UFC 179 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Oct. 25, and he decided to change a few things for this training camp. Teixeira had his 20-fight win streak snappe read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 4 views

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Phil Davis will make his third trip to Brazil on Oct. 25, when he battles fellow light heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira at UFC 179, and he spoke to the Brazilian media about hi read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 11 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back with its "Embedded" pre-fight video blog series for UFC 177, featuring behind-the-scenes footage ahead of this weekend's (Sat., Aug. 30, 2014) "Dillashaw read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 3 views

UFC light-heavyweight competitor Phil Davis discussed his upcoming match-up against Glover Teixeira and why he was misquoted on his biased Brazilian judges comment. read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 6 views

With the UFC's middleweight division in a state of flux as champion Chris Weidman waits to make his next title defense against Vitor Belfort in December, other top contenders are trying land dance pa read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 1470 views

Former UFC middleweight and current FOX Sports 1 MMA analyst Brian Stann found himself on the hot seat during UFC Tonight when interviewing Chris Weidman about the "doubters" who question the "All Am read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 11 views

While a grudge match between UFC middleweights Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping seems ripe for the picking, it looks like the promotion has other plans for the former Strikeforce champion. UFC Presi read news >>

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 views

UFC started to build its pay-per-view card in Brazil in October. The promotion, which started to sell tickets after announcing featherweight title fight Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes as the main event an read news >>

  • 18 days ago
  • 0 views

The UFC’s return to Rio de Janeiro has another fight on the lineup. A featherweight bout between Felipe Arantes and Andre Fili is the latest addition to UFC 179.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>