It is being reported that the light heavyweight match-up between Thiago Silva and Lyoto Machida has been rescheduled to take place at UFC 93 on January 31st. The two 13-0 fighters were initially slated to square off at UFC 89 in Birmingham, England, however Silva was forced to withdraw due to a back injury he sustained during training.
The popular Brazilian website, Tatame.com, reported that the fight has been re-offered to both fighters, and they have accepted to fight each other Super Bowl weekend.
The UFC had desperately tried to keep Machida on the UFC 89 card, offering him numerous opponents, however his camp was stuck on waiting for a healthy Silva. Machida is just a win or two away from a title bout, so he does need to be cautious in choosing his next opponents.
Although Silva holds the same record as Machida, he isn’t quite as close to a title shot as his opponent. However, a win would certainly sky rocket the up and comer past his peers.
UFC 93 will be headlined by a welterweight showdown for the ages, as reigning champion Georges St-Pierre will be defending his title against UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn.