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Thursday, Feb 21, 2013

UFC 157 Bout Between Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson to Determine Title Shot

Machida (photo via UFC.com)

By FCF Staff

After seeing title shots slip away in 2012, Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson could earn another crack at the light-heavyweight belt this weekend at UFC  157 in Anaheim, according to Dana White. The UFC President confirmed this afternoon, at a pre-fight presser, that the winner of Saturday’s co-main-event will get a title shot.

Of course, Henderson (29-8) was in line to fight champion Jon Jones last September, until a knee injury prevented him from competing. The 42 year-old vet had secured the fight initially, by handing Mauricio “Shogun” Rua a UD defeat in November, 2011.

Machida (18-3), on the other hand, worked his way into a title fight invite by knocking out Ryan Bader last August. The former champ turned down an opportunity to fight Jones last September after Henderson was injured. Machida cited the lack of preparation time as the reason.

Recently, White also relayed that Alexander Gustafsson will be in position for a title fight, if he defeats former Strikeforce champ Gegard Mousasi on April 6th.

Jone is set to fight Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 on April 27th.


posted by FCF Staff @ 7:58 pm
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