With exactly 25 days remaining until the curtain is drawn on UFC 133, former light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida has agreed serve as a last-minute substitute and stand opposite Rashad Evans in the card’s featured attraction.
HeadKickLegend broke the news late Tuesday evening. However, no official word from the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion regarding the swap.
Evans was slated to headline the August 6th pay-per-view broadcast against undefeated Phil Davis, but the up-and-comer was forced out earlier this afternoon with a knee injury.
“Suga” holds an impressive 15-1-1 record, but has been out of action since defeating bitter rival Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 114 in May 2010. Ironically, Evans is rebounding from a knee injury of his own.
Machida, on the other hand, was last seen retiring UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture in April. Prior to the 2ndRound knockout victory, he had dropped two consecutive contests. “The Dragon” owns a solid 17-2 resume.
The scrap marks a rematch between the former champions. Evans attempted to block Machida’s fists with his face at UFC 98 in 2009 and wound up unconscious for his efforts. By the time he came to, his 205-pound belt was being wrapped around the Brazilian’s waist.
The Wells Fargo Center in Pennsylvania will host the Octagon’s highly-anticipated return to Philly.
Here is the show’s revised roster if the report holds true:
Rafael Natal vs. Costantinos Phillippou
Mike Brown vs. Nam Phan
Mike Pierce vs. Johny Hendricks
Nick Pace vs. Ivan Menjivar
Brian Ebersole vs. Dennis Hallman
(Spike TV 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Rani Yahya vs. Chad Mendes
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
(Pay-Per-View 9PM ET/6PM PT)
Mike Pyle vs. Rory MacDonald
Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara
Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Rich Franklin vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida