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Machida vs. Ortiz and Silva vs. Jardine officially announced for UFC 84

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer reported last night in his daily update that the UFC had planned a major announcement within the next 24 hours. Since Meltzer made that mention, it has gotten a lot of fans curious about the nature of the forthcoming news.

It looks like many UFC fans might have gotten their answer this morning in their e-mail boxes when the UFC officially announced that light heavyweight bouts between Keith Jardine vs. Wanderlei Silva and Lyoto Machida vs. Tito Ortiz have been signed and are scheduled for UFC 84 on May 24 in Las Vegas. Headlining the show will be a UFC lightweight title match between B.J. Penn and Sean Sherk.

That’s going to be an amazing show.

Update: is promoting an announcement during today’s UFC 84 press conference in Columbus, Ohio. A special guest is promised and highlights will be shown. Could the guest be Mark Coleman, who will be inducted into the UFC’s Hall of Fame this weekend? Announcing that Coleman is being inducted wouldn’t be a big announcement since it’s already been made public and confirmed by the UFC. However, Coleman being signed to fight in the UFC again would qualify as a big announcement. This is just me thinking out loud.