The UFC is sure throwing “The Dragon” to the lions ever since the former light heavyweight champion dropped to the middleweight division. After putting Mark Munoz to sleep earlier this month in his UFC 185-pound debut, Lyoto Machida (pictured) will make his sophomore appearance against former Strikeforce champ Gegard Mousasi.
The UFC announced the thrilling scrap will take place February 8 in yet-to-be determined venue in Brazil.
Broadcast plans remain unknown, but with the UFC 169 taking place the prior weekend in New Jersey and UFC 170 salted for February 22 in Las Vegas, both of the pay-per-view variety, it’s highly likely the two will headline a “Fight Night” card on FOX Sports 1.
Machida made his UFC middleweight premiere in spectacular fashion with a head kick KO on Munoz. The highlight reel strike instantly shot the 35-year-old up the division’s totem pole and into title contention.
Mousasi has been sidelined with a knee injury since posting a unanimous decision win over Ilir Latifi in his long-awaited big league debut. “The Dreamcatcher” will be riding a six-fight winning streak into the shootout.
No other bouts have been confirmed for the lineup.