It looks like UFC 163 has its co-headliner. According to multiple reports, light heavyweight Lyoto Machida will fight Phil Davis at the August 3 event. Machida was thought to be a title-contender based on past statements from UFC President Dana White, making his presence in the pairing particularly noteworthy given its impact on the likelihood of Alexander Gustafsson serving as champion Jon Jones’ next opponent.
Porto do Vale Tudo broke news of the bout’s addition to a lineup already scheduled to feature Vinny Magalhaes-Anthony Perosh, Demian Maia-Josh Koscheck, and Anthony Pettis-Jose Aldo. The bout will be Machida’s first in Brazil since signing with the UFC.
Davis is also on a two-fight run with victories against Wagner Prado and the aforementioned Magalhaes. His only loss to date in twelve tilts was the result of a decision to Evans.
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