As expected, a light heavyweight showdown between former champion Lyoto Machida (Pictured) and Dan Henderson has been confirmed to co-headline UFC 157.
Henderson was slated to challenge reigning king Jon Jones for his throne at UFC 151 until a knee injury forced him out at the 11th hour. With time running out and little choices available, the UFC was forced to cancel their first event since taking over the reins in 2001.
Speaking of substitutes not prepared to step up, when the promotion decided to push Jones’ next title defense back to UFC 152, Machida was offered the bout but felt one month wasn’t enough time to prepare for his rematch with “Bones.”
The Brazilian had earned next dibs when he put Ryan Bader to sleep at UFC on FOX 4, though promptly lost his place in line after declining to face Jones in Toronto.
According to Thursday’s press release, the victor “likely earns a light heavyweight title shot.”
But what about Alexander Gustafsson?
Honda Center in Anaheim, California hosts the February 23rd event.
Here is the show’s current roster:
Neil Magny vs. Jon Manley
Josh Neer vs. Court McGee
Brendan Schaub and Lavar Johnson
Urijah Faber vs. Ivan Menjivar
Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida
Liz Carmouche vs. Ronda Rousey (UFC bantamweight champion)