Machida vs. Silva Added to UFC 89 Card

Written by Tom Ngo
July 17th, 2008

The UFC has added yet another bout to their October 18th UFC 89 fight card. It will be the battle of the two fighters sporting a record of 13-0,  as Lyoto Machida will be taking on Thiago Silva in Birmingham, England. The UFC has been wasting no time in filling up the card, as this is the fourth fight added in just two days.

Machida is just a fight or two away from a title shot. Many believe that he is already deserving of one, however his tenative/illusive style hasn’t been appealing to fans, which makes it difficult for the UFC to place him in a main event.

Silva has experienced just as much success as Machida, however has gone about it in a much more exciting fashion. He has been able to finish 12 out of his 13 fights. This will clearly be his toughest challenge to date.

It is rumored that the UFC will be airing UFC 89 for free on Spike TV via tape delay. Since the card is in England, Pay-Per-View buys usually aren’t as solid due to the time difference, so it is believed they want to use this event to promote UFC 90, which is tenatively scheduled for the following week in Chicago, Illinios.

Here are the bouts that are rumored for UFC 89:

Preliminary Bouts:

David Barron vs. TBD
Jess Liaudin vs. David Bielkheden
Paul Taylor vs. Chris Lytle
Shane Carwin vs. Neil Wain
Terry Etim vs. Sam Stout
Dan Hardy vs. Akihiro Gono

Main Bouts:

Marcus Davis vs. Paul Kelly
Thiago Silva vs. Lyoto Machida
Luiz Cane vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
Diego Sanchez vs. Thiago Alves
Chris Leben vs. Michael Bisping

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