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Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva in October

UFC.com has officially announced another bout for Birmingham, England’s October UFC 89 card.

Unbeaten light heavyweight sensation Lyoto ‘The Dragon’ Machida will look to keep the momentum going from his May victory over Tito Ortiz when he returns to the Octagon to face fellow unbeaten (and fellow Brazilian) Thiago Silva in what should be an explosive clash on October 18th’s UFC 89 card at The National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England. Tickets are on sale now, but are going fast.

A clash of interesting 13-0 LHW title contenders certainly adds intrigue to the Bisping vs. Leben event. It also looks as though the UFC was finally able to find a man that was willing to fight Machida and win, lose or draw I think Thiago Silva should be applauded for accepting the fight so many men did not.

This also makes for what could be the best type of bout to see Machida in as he’ll battle a young, aggressive and hungry fighter that would certainly get great benefit from knocking off a man no one wants to face.

37 COMMENTS
  • Eric says:

    Turning out to be a heck of a card. And for free!

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  • Redravi7 says:

    This is starting to look like a great card. The Bisping/Leben, Sanchez/Alves, Davis/Kelly, Sokoudjou/Cane should all be wars.

    Throwing this fight in there makes me think the cut doctors should start preparing their ice packs and vasoline now.

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  • Guy Gaduois says:

    Unbelievably great card now. Talk about ‘When Worlds Collide’ for the respective fanbase of each fighter. Silva has the quicks to determine if Machida is a fighter or a track star who occasionally kicks people. Machida’s strike and move take no damage will test Silva’s ability to keep his pace or become a Brazilian version of the Tasmanian Devil.

    This could be a precedent setting fight by establishing the next dominant ‘style’ emphasis in MMA. Very, very compelling fight.

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  • bcolflesh says:

    That is actually an interesting match up.

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  • eazye says:

    an 0 must go … nasty match-up

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  • Bad Monkey says:

    Awesome fight, much more interesting match up for Machida than when he fought Ortiz.

    Thiago Silva is a bad motherf**cker and he should really bring the violence to Lyoto. Can’t wait.

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  • LT says:

    This will simple be more of the same. Machida will play his same tired tap-tap-move game as always and outpoint a frustrated Silva. What makes you think this fight will be any different than all his others? And don’t tell me it’s because Silva is better than all his other opponents.

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  • JOe K. says:

    Does anyone know why no one wants to fight Machida?

    If you could please back this up with evidence via website or even reliable hearsay as opposed to blind Machida hating. Although, if a fighter specifically says they think his style is boring and that’s why they don’t want to fight him by all means present it.

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  • Jackyl says:

    #7: This is different because we know Thiago will bring the pressure. There are ways to cut off the cage and force guys to engage. Thiago is not going to dance around with Machida and let himself get outpointed. You think Machida runs the whole time? Watch the Sokodjou fight.

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  • Sergio G. Hernandez says:

    LT, Silva is a much more aggressive striker than Machida has ever faced.

    You could make the case for Soko but Machida realized this and took the fight to the ground quickly where the African Assassin was completely lost and outclassed.

    Machida won’t have the same luxury with Silva.

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  • HexRei says:

    @#8
    http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2008/6/29/561470/nobody-wants-to-fight-lyot

    I don’t think its so much that his style is boring as that he is a) very very difficult to beat and b) doesn’t do a slugfest so when he beats you, it seems to the casual fan like it wasn’t a very intense fight, and when you just lost, having fans think it was at least an intense fight is all you can really hope for.

    So I think some fighters just think its a lose-lose to fight him right now. However it’ll be a different story soon, Griffin won’t want to be have people think he’s being babied so he’ll have to fight Lyoto, assuming Lyoto gets past Thiago Silva (which I think will happen)

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  • brett says:

    i dont really HATE machida, its just every says he’s so “elusive”…ok if you call two hits and back pedal “elusive”…. i really hope thiago smashes him silly.

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  • Davey D says:

    I am really glad this bout is confirmed. I was hoping Machida’s next opponent would’ve been either Wanderlei or Thiago. This fight should be a war. When two Brazilian’s fight each other, it almost always turns out to be fireworks.

    Case in point: Shogun vs. Lil’ Nog’, Arona vs. Wand I and II, Vitor vs. Wand, Big Nog vs. Werdum, etc.

    Joe K. #8, you bring up a good point. I think what happens is at this level, no one wants to make a mistake. Some fighter’s think, “I’ll fight anyone” and then go out a do it. Others say the same thing but back off when crunch time comes. Beating Machida now would certainly increase any fighter’s stock. I can’t tell you who has turned down a fight with Lyoto during his time in the UFC. I don’t have those connections. But, I am glad to see Thiago Silva has stepped up to the plate. This should be a good bout to watch.

    Cheers!!!

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  • woooburn says:

    should be an interesting fight. wonder who’s left to fight wanderlei though (now that the rumor of him fighting thiago is debunked). maybe they were planning on the rampage/silva 3? that’s not seeming too likely now, in the immediate future anyway.

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  • Jackyl says:

    Good point HexRei. Machida is the type of fighter that makes other fighters look really bad. And to all those that say he didn’t have any meaningful offense during the Tito fight, watch it again. He lands a flying scissor kick to the body and all kinds of crazy shit. I look forward to Machida’s fights because I want to see who can finally solve the puzzle. Thiago is a perfect choice. Somebody’s O must GO!

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  • pitbull17 says:

    This is an awesome fight, i can’t wait to see this one. I really like the way silva fights. I think he is the type the fighter that may make machida stand in the pocket and fight. Then again he’ll probably just circle out the whole fight. If anyone is gonna make machida fight though it will be someone that fights like silva.

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  • Bad Monkey says:

    #14, Hopefully they’re looking at hooking Wanderlei up against Dan Henderson? You figure it was Wandy’s last loss, and if he came back and beat Henderson convincingly, he’s have to be in line for a title shot. Although, it seems like the UFC is lining Chuck up for the next title shot after he beats the doo doo out of Rashad in Sept.

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  • Bad Monkey says:

    I meant Wanderlei’s last loss in Pride, sorry.

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  • woooburn says:

    good point. i’d be down for that.

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  • Billy says:

    I must be one of the only guys out there that actually likes Machida’s style. It is fun watching his opponents try and figure him out… and to me that is exciting — the matchup itself. With Thiago Silva, Machida will have his hands full because of Silva’s overall aggressiveness in all areas. Likewise, Silva will have a lot of difficulty trying to out smart Machida. I am very excited about this matchup. The UFC LHW division is as stacked as it gets and every single matchup will be main event material within the top 16-20 fighters. This is truly a great time to be a fan!

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  • Bob says:

    This should have been on the 88 card!

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  • Ian says:

    I’m really looking forward to this one. Thiago is relentless, and if he trains like he should for this, I look for him to win.

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  • Mike Wolfe says:

    I like Machida in this fight. His counter striking style matches up well against aggressive fighters. IMO, it’ll take somebody more ring-wise than Silva to chase down Machida.

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  • Sergio G. Hernandez says:

    Mike, I think if Silva works his angles well enough, he should be able to trap Machida long enough to do some damage.

    Two punches and one kick from Silva aren’t the same as two punches and one kick from Machida.

    I don’t think Silva will slow Machida down enough to garner a (T)KO but I do think he’ll end up doing more damage and scoring a decision.

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  • mike wolfe says:

    #24 Sergio

    Maybe. I’ve been thinking about styles since this fight was announced, and the counter strikers have been doing well lately against aggressive opponents. Rampage/Griffin is the most recent example. Another such match-up was Liddell/Silva and Liddell Jardine. Liddell was the counter striker against Silva, and Jardine was the counter striker against Liddell. Machida may be the best counter striker in the UFC right now, and nobody has been able to chase him down. If I were a betting man, I’d put my money on him.

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  • eric says:

    this one is going to be a blowout.1 when machida fight someone agressive (soko)he makes them pay the price another exemple is when tito try to engage and receive the knee that knock him down 2 look at some of silva’s fight an you’l notice he as trouble with high kick(mendes almost ko him)and who in the lhw has the better hk? machida 3 silva is simply too sloppy with hes stand up and thats something simply unnaceptable when fighting a guy with pin point accuracy,and almost perfect footwork like machida. 4and for those who says thiago will get the takedown hell even the best wrestler (tito)coulnt.imo is agression is going to cause is downfall.
    i will go on a limp and predict a 2 round tko for the dragon

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  • ku says:

    The Dragon has the tactical offense that none has been able to solve. He will soon be UFC champion and reign supreme.

    The ku “Hawaiian God of War” has spoken

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  • drdsanders says:

    Maybe I’m being too cynical but here’s why. Forrest is rumored to have his 1st title defense on the New Years show. Slim chance that the winner of Machida/T. Silva would be available for that show. BOTH of them are more deserving of a title shot than Liddell. I fear this fight will be used as a bogus excuse for Liddell is getting 1st crack at Forrest.

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  • romano says:

    the whole point of combat sports is inflicting damage or scoring points without taking damage……what the hell is wrong with people? i guess muhammad ali was boring too…i mean, you could just lock up a couple of bums in a phone booth and tell them that the one that gets out alive gets a big mac, that would entertain you morons that think that a fighter who uses elusiveness is boring.

    Not every guy has an iron chin, not every guy carries massive knockout power…some fighters need to depend on elusiveness and gameplanning to be successful, and it is those fighters that are usually the most skilled..if you think brutality is what combat sports are all about, then your oppinion is worthless…you really are just a boob only interested in violent crap…go youtube kimbo.

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  • Are you having a laugh?. says:

    God I hope thiago somehow manages to avoid all of Machida’s attacks and just taps him 5 times a rd to win on points.
    #28 See the thing is how much damage does Machida inflict? or does he just give a little tap, run away and repeat? If it wasn’t for the knee in the Titto fight Ortiz would of hardly had a scratch on him, so did he win a fight or just avoid one. Machida in my opinion has to do more, more attacking, more attemps to win within the time limit, more grappling, more …just more. Ali would fire the jab and attack a lot, Machida on the other hand often avoids, avoids, fires a quick blow and then avoids and he does this for the whole damn fight. This is NOT what MMA is or ever has been about, this sort of fighting in MMA is relatively new and NOT the norm. So please don’t try and tell me what combat sports are about, cuz Machida’s style is very different to 99% of MMA fighters past and present, which tells me that it’s not what MMA is normaly about, it’s different. MMA is not just about brutality and violence but it is full contact fighting, so fight.
    Go Thiago! make this dude fight and Machida attempt to finish or go back to Karate comps. I for one don’t want to see MMA being dominated by tap and run fighters.

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  • Jeremy says:

    I was just reading in the UK Telegraph that there are only 2,500 tickets left for this event that haven’t been sold. The card has really become full of good fights, glad to see the fans are turning out for it.

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  • AdamsFamily says:

    I’m with romano on this one – I find all fights interesting regardless of style as long as true skill is being displayed. Usually the balance or combination of skill – heart – fitness – agressiveness will win the day. Isnt that what we are all fans of?

    The debate constantly appears to be weather fights are entertaining or not. Heres a double edged sword for you – the big money ruins sport yet sport cant do without the big money.

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  • MrMan says:

    Tito’s face was all bloody. Machida also simply ran out of time when he had Tito in crucifix, he would have ended it right there.

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  • matt says:

    This is turning into a Top Card. Yeah I know people will bitch and complain about the lack of Top 10 fighters and oh noz they have too many tufer’s but this is a great fucking card. AND IT’S FREE.

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  • Danny says:

    #27

    I agree. and i take a step further. this fight does nothing 4 machida if he wants to get a shot at the title. he needs to fight a top 5 guy. t.silva is good fighter no doubt, but who has he even beaten. i think the ufc is just trying too hard to get chuck another shot. why didnt they set up a #1 contender’s match between chuck n machida? they both would’ve been ready.

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  • Sudipta das says:

    well the mma news a conflict of interesting 13-0 LHW title challengers without doubt adds plot to the Bisping vs. Leben event. It also looks as though the UFC was at last able to find a man that was willing to fight Machida and win, lose or draw I think Thiago Silva should be highly praised for tolerant the fight so many men did not.

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  • river says:

    looks like a championship match

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