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Chris Weidman-Lyoto Machida fight postponed to July 5

Chris Weidman Lyoto Machida

Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida were scheduled to headline UFC 173 on May 24, but the fight has been postponed to July 5, the UFC announced Monday.

The UFC says Weidman suffered a knee injury that will require minor surgery. The surgery must be extremely minor, because the fight is only being delayed by six weeks.

The UFC will announce the new headliner fight for UFC 173 in the coming days.

What’s interesting is that this is the second change with the UFC 173 main event; Weidman was originally slated to fight Vitor Belfort, but he withdrew after the TRT changes to the sport.

Lyoto Machida replaces Vitor Belfort in UFC 173 main event after TRT ban

The same day that the Nevada State Athletic Commission announced it was banning testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), one of the most notorious TRT users pulled out of his anticipated championship fight.
Lyoto MachidaThe UFC announced on FOX Sports Live Thursday night that Vitor Belfort was being pulled from his middleweight title fight against Chris Weidman at UFC 173 and will be replaced by Lyoto Machida.

Belfort, 36, has won his last three UFC fights by knockout. He fought all three in Brazil, but this fight was scheduled for Las Vegas, so he would have needed a therapeutic use exemption from NSAC in order to compete. Now that NSAC has banned TRT, he decided to pull out of the fight (or the UFC pulled him depending on what you want to believe).

Belfort says he plans to continue competing in the UFC but he won’t use TRT.

“The Nevada State Athletic Commission recently altered its policy and no longer will permit testosterone use exemptions, and will not permit a TRT program,” Belfort said in a statement via FOX Sports. “As other jurisdictions may follow suit, I am going to drop my TRT program and compete in MMA without it.

“Given the time constraints involved between now and my proposed next bout in May, I have determined not to apply for a license to fight in Nevada at this time.”

Machida, 35, is back down at middleweight from light heavyweight and will take on Weidman.

Dana White: Lyoto Machida Wanted Anderson Silva Money to Fight at UFC 133

UFC 133 is just over three weeks away, and the promotion was put in a bad spot when Phil Davis had to pull out of his fight with Rashad Evans. Davis was headlining the event along with Evans, so Dana White needed to scramble to find a replacement. Tito Ortiz is the guy now, but it was supposed to be Lyoto Machida.

According to White, Machida has been bugging him for a big fight and got his opportunity. He initially said “yes” to serve as a replacement in the fight, but after discussing it with his team he thought better of taking a difficult fight on such short notice, so he demanded a monetary premium. As MMA Junkie reported late Wednesday, Machida’s camp told White they wanted Anderson Silva money for the fight. White said until you’ve accomplished what Silva has, you’re not getting the kind of money he does.

White turned to Tito Ortiz who decided to accept the fight after contemplating the decision since Tuesday night. Ortiz is also fighting on short notice, but he should be in good shape after beating Ryan Bader at UFC 132 on July 2nd.

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Lyoto Machida Knockout Kick Ends Randy Couture Fight (Video)

UFC legend Randy Couture ran into a problem on Saturday night. That problem was his opponent’s foot. Unlike when he fought and destroyed James “Lights Out” Toney last summer, Couture was matched up with a legit MMA fighter at UFC 129 and paid the price.  The boot to the face that Lyoto Machida put on Couture was slightly less impressive than Anderson Silva’s knockout kick against Vitor Belfort, only because it wasn’t nearly as disguised.  Nevertheless, it was still pretty sick.  Check out the Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida fight video. The kick is around the 7:30 mark. Enjoy the Karate Kid voice overs until this video inevitably gets pulled and we have to find another.

Machida was able to knock Couture’s tooth out and likely end his MMA career all with one Karate Kid style boot to the face.  These are the reasons we love UFC.

Rampage Jackson Surprised by His Win Over Lyoto Machida, Got Butt Whipped

Rampage Jackson beat Lyoto Machida by split decision at UFC 123 in the Palace of Auburn Hills Saturday night. Rampage won two rounds to one on two scorecards while Machida won two rounds on the third card. Most people gave Jackson the first two rounds but it was nearly impossible not to give the third to Machida, who landed a flurry of punches, knees, and kicks on Jackson, in addition to scoring a takedown that round. It was the late assault by Machida that made Rampage think he lost the fight as you could tell by his reaction during the post-fight announcement. Check out his face and tell me he wasn’t shocked:

During his post-fight interview, Rampage praised Machida endlessly saying Lyoto “whipped [his] ass.” Jackson also said a rematch was in order for Machida, and that’s a good thing. There wasn’t a person watching the fight who didn’t want to see another two rounds of action.

Though Machida dominated the third round of the fight, it’s hard to say he won it outright. By being the aggressor, Rampage barely had the edge the first two rounds. His efforts to escape an arm bar late in the fight ensured he won the decision considering Machida was awfully close to getting a submission. While some people will disagree about who won the fight, there is one thing we can all agree on: seeing a full five rounds would have been fulfilling.