UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida has just confirmed that the organization has opted to push back his highly anticipated rematch with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua from May 1st to May 8th.
“Now confirming what I said. The next fight has been [rescheduled] for May 8th because of a boxe fight in May 1st,” Machida Tweeted.
UFC president Dana White all but assured MMA fans that if the Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosely boxing fight does go down on May 1st in Las Vegas, which is highly probable, the UFC would in fact move UFC 113 to the following weekend in order to maximize pay-per-view buys.
Machida had surgery on his left hand back in November and has been on the mend ever since. The undefeated champ injured his haymaker while training for his UFC 104 bout with Rua.
It was rumored the organization was hoping to place Machida vs. Rua II on their New Year’s show earlier this month, but Machida’s surgery pushed the scrap back four months.
The pair initially met in a hard-fought battle at UFC 104 this past October. Although the champion was awarded a 48-47 score from all three judges sitting Octagon-side, most, if not all, of the fans inside Staples Center in Los Angeles believed Machida had pulled off the biggest heist since Oceans 11.
Thankfully, the Brazilians will get a do-over inside the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Here are the other fighters rumored for the pay-per-view-broadcast:
Sam Stout vs. Jeremy Stephens
Patrick Cote vs. Alan Belcher
Marcus Davis vs. Jonathan Goulet
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson vs. Matt Mitrione
Josh Koscheck vs. Paul Daley
Rashad Evans vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Lyoto Machida (UFC Light Heavyweight Champion)