Brazilian MMA website Tatame is reporting that a light heavyweight clash between Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva that had been scheduled for UFC 89 on Oct. 18 in Birmingham, England is now set to take place at UFC 93 during Super Bowl weekend on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas.
The UFC has yet to announce the fight between the two Brazilians.
The first scheduled bout between the two had to be canceled due to a back injury sustained by Silva during training. Sources informed FiveOuncesOfPain.com in recent weeks that the UFC proposed several new opponents for Machida in order to keep him on the card for UFC 89 but that his management was committed to fighting Silva as soon as he was healthy.
The 25-year old Silva is a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil and is 13-0 in his professional mixed martial arts career, according to Sherdog’s fight finder. Since debuting in the UFC at UFC 71 in May of 2007, Silva is 4-0 in the Octagon with wins over James Irvin, Tomasz Drwal, Houston Alexander, and Antonio Mendes.
Machida is also undefeated with a record of 13-0 and is 5-0 in the UFC. His notable UFC wins have come against Kazuhiro Nakamura, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, and Tito Ortiz, who served as his most recent opponent in May at UFC 84. Outside of the UFC he holds notables victories over Rich Franklin, B.J. Penn, and Stephan Bonnar.