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Lyoto Machida set to face Phil Davis at UFC 163

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

A featured bout in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC is expected at UFC 163 in Brazil when former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida takes on the challenge of former NCAA title holder Phil Davis. The card, which will feature the headlining bout between the UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo and the challenger Anthony Pettis, has already been given the verbal green light by both the fighters and it only needs the sanctioning of the UFC bosses before the official announcement.

Machida defeated Dan Henderson in his last outing inside the Octagon at UFC 157 and was expected to be given the number one contender’s slot for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Unfortunately for the Brazilian, his fellow countryman Jon Jones was able to hold on to his title against Chael Sonnen and the fact that Lyoto Machida suffered a submission defeat at his hands made it extremely difficult for him to land the title shot.

Moreover, the match against Henderson was extremely close and was almost un-exciting as can be and these things conspired to bump him back in the title scenario for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Moreover, with two wins in the last one year, Davis is also seen as a contender these days and a win over the former champion would surely put him right up there among the challengers for the title.

He has looked extremely impressive inside the Octagon and if Lyoto Machida delivers a win against him, it is certain that he will be next in line for that long awaited shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. And with Machida almost certain to face Davis, Swedish fighter Alexander Gustaffson is looking likely to challenge Jon Jones for his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship in the near future.