UFC president Dana White on Tuesday told MMAWeekly.com that former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida will fight fast-rising and undefeated contender Phil Davis at UFC 140 on Dec. 10 in Toronto. He added that it would likely be a five-round, non-title-fight main event.
White, though, said he spoke prematurely.
"I jumped the gun on Machida vs Davis," White later tweeted. "Just found out Davis is still recovering from knee surgery. Sorry about that!"
Other bouts already planned for the UFC 140 fight card include former UFC heavyweight champions Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in a heavyweight showdown and Tito Ortiz vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in another light heavyweight feature bout.
Machida recently rebounded from a title loss to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and an extremely close split-decision loss to Quinton Jackson in his next bout with a tooth removing second-round knockout of fellow ex-titleholder Randy Couture at UFC 129 in April.
Machida, who suffered the first losses of his career with the skid, had been asked to fill in for Davis when he pulled out of a UFC 133 co-headliner with Rashad Evans back in August, but his reps reprtedly asked for"Anderson Silva" money, and White balked.
Davis, a former NCAA Division I national wrestling champion at Penn State, moved to pro MMA just three years ago. Since then, he's racked up nine straight victories, including UFC wins over Brian Stann, Alexander Gustafsson, Rodney Wallace,Tim Boetsch, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira."
All of this is news to me," said Davis to USA Today. "I'm still recovering and training. That's pretty much the story.
"I guess the boss must have looked to book me. ... I'm just not a go yet. I wasn't really involved in any of this whole story, other than I'm the guy in question. I've got to get with the guys in charge and see what they want me to do next."
"I'm merely one of the characters in a video game. I just run down the field. I don't call the plays. I would love to be in there putting on a good show and fighting, but my leg just does not agree with that. You put a timetable on it, it just may not work. You've just got to play it by ear."
"I don't want to tell the fans I'm going to be back next week, and then that turns into two weeks from now or two months from now."
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