After having his opponent at UFC 89, Thiago Silva, pull off the card last week due to a back injury, undefeated light heavyweight Lyoto Machida has bee removed entirely from the Oct. 18 card, according to UFC.com.
It’s expected that a new opponent for Machida will be secured and that he’ll be scheduled to fight on a show in either November or December. He has been rumored as a possible opponent for when Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is ready to return from a knee injury,
Replacing Machida vs. Silva on the six-fight Spike TV tentative UFC 89 televised lineup is a heavyweight fight between Shane Carwin and Neil Wain.
UFC 89 will emanate from the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England and will be headlined by a middleweight matchup between Michael Bisping and Chris Leben. Other bouts slated for the card include Keith Jardine vs. Brandon Vera, Luiz Cane vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Paul Kelly vs. Marcus Davis, Paul Taylor vs. Chris Lytle, and Wain vs. Carwin.
Scheduled for the preliminary portion of the card is a welterweight bout between Akihiro Gono and UFC newcomer Dan Hardy, Jess Liaudin vs. David Bielkheden, Sam Stout vs. Terry Etim, Jim Miller vs. David Baron, and Per Eklund vs. Samy Schiavo.