Lyoto Machida Drops To 185 And Faces Tim Kennedy At UFC Fight For The Troops 3

It had been said since last year at UFC on Fox 4 when Lyoto Machida weighed in at 201 pounds for his fight against Ryan Bader that he could make 185 pounds. Now you will get the chance to see that.

UFC President Dana White announced on Fox Sports Live on Fox Sports 1 that Machida will make his debut in the middleweight division against Tim Kennedy at UFC Fight For The Troops 3.

That event will take place on Wednesday, November 6 at the Fort Campbell Army Base in Kentucky.

Machida last fought almost three weeks ago at UFC 163, where he lost a controversial split decision to Phil Davis. We had reported last week that Machida was rumored to fight Nick Diaz, but White stated last Saturday that the fight was off the table.

Kennedy most recently fought in July at UFC 162 when he defeated Roger Gracie by unanimous decision. A few weeks back, Kennedy called out Vitor Belfort, but Belfort had turned down the fight. The two time Strikeforce middleweight title challenger last week stated that he would be interested in fighting Machida.

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Nick Diaz Offered To Fight Lyoto Machida At Middleweight

Could we see Nick Diaz come out of retirement? UFC President Dana White hopes so, as White revealed during a special Q&A at Barrio Cantina in Boston for a fundraising effort for The Shawn Thornton Foundation that he talked to Diaz today and offered him a fight against Lyoto Machida at middleweight.

“I talked to Diaz today, and I made him an offer, so we’ll see what happens,” White said. “He had been talking about going to 185 pounds. Machida has been talking about going to 185 pounds. So we wanted to see if he wanted to fight Machida at 185.”

White said that Diaz told him that he would get back to him.

We haven’t seen Diaz in the octagon since his welterweight title loss to champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158 in March. The former Strikeforce champion stated after the fight that he was retiring from the sport.

Machida was last seen in the octagon ten days ago when he lost a controversial decision to Phil Davis at UFC 163. The former light heavyweight champion has stated in the past that he would be willing to make the move to the 185 pound division.

It had been rumored in the last few days that Machida would possibly be facing off with Vitor Belfort in November.

“I wanted Machida to fight Vitor Belfort, but Vitor Belfort is his own matchmaker, apparently,” White stated. “He wants to make his own fights.”

Machida and Diaz have never fought at 185 in their respective careers. We will give you an update on if this fight can be agreed too.

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UFC 163 Results: Jose Aldo Defeats Korean Zombie, Phil Davis Wins Controversial Decision

UFC 163 was a very entertaining card, with a hint of controversy as well.

In the main event of the evening, it took Jose Aldo a little while to figure out Chan Sung Jung, but he was able to figure out the puzzle.

In the fourth round while throwing a punch, “The Korean Zombie” blew out his surgically repaired shoulder and the champion capitalized as Jose Aldo retained his UFC featherweight champion by fourth round TKO.

The first three rounds went at an unusual pace considering the styles of each guy. The champion relied on his wrestling and took down Jung at will, while Jung looked tentative.

Aldo has now won 16 fights in a row and is now the second longest reigning champion in the UFC behind welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

In what ended up being the most talked about fight of the night, Phil Davis defeated Lyoto Machida by unanimous decision in a very close fight.

Machida controlled the majority of the first two rounds until Davis scored late takedowns in each of the stanzas. The former light heavyweight champion in the third round was able to stuff Davis’ takedowns and use his counterstriking, but that wasn’t enough to win the fight.

Davis thought he did enough to win the fight.

“The late takedowns definitely helped. That’s always my strategy is to get takedowns, work all the time, it’s just part of what I do,” said Davis.

The crowd mercifully booed the decision and Machida agreed with the crowd.

“I really don’t know what the UFC rules are, I really don’t know what they are judging. Just listen to the crowd, they’re telling you what happened,” said Machida.

Here are the results of UFC 163:

Jose Aldo def. Chan Sung Jung via TKO (strikes) – Round 4, 2:00 – to retain UFC featherweight title
•Phil Davis def. Lyoto Machida via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
•Cezar Ferreira def. Thiago ‘Marreta’ Santos via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 0:47
•Thales Leites def. Tom Watson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
•John Lineker def. Jose Maria via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:03
•Anthony Perosh def. Vinny Magalhaes via KO (punches) – Round 1, 0:14
•Amanda Nunes def. Sheila Gaff via TKO (elbows) – Round 1, 2:08
•Sergio Moraes def. Neil Magny via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:13
•Ian McCall def. Iliarde Santos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
•Rani Yahya def. Josh Clopton via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
•Francimar Barroso def. Ednaldo Oliveira via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
•Viscardi Andrade def. Bristol Marunde via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:36

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Video: Countdown to UFC 163

UFC 163 takes place tonight from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The main event will feature UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defending his title against Chan Sung Jung. Also, the co-main event will feature former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida squaring off with Phil Davis.

Check out the full episode of the show, “Countdown to UFC 163″, as the show previews the co-main and main event of tonight’s UFC 163.

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Video: UFC 163 Weigh-Ins Live Starting At 3 P.M. ET

UFC 163 takes place tomorrow night at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janiero, Brazil with the main event of UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defending his title against Chan Sung Jung. In the co-main event, former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida squares off against Phil Davis in light heavyweight action.

The weigh-ins for UFC 163 take place today at the HSBC Arena, with the fighters tipping the scales starting at 3 p.m. ET.

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Video: UFC 163 Press Conference

The UFC returns to pay-per-view as UFC 163 takes place on Saturday night from the HSBC in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The main event will feature UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defends his title against Chan Sung Jung with the co-main event featuring former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida facing off with Phil Davis.

Earlier today the UFC 163 press conference took place featuring Aldo, Jung, Machida, Davis, Cezar Ferreira, Thiago Santos, John Lineker and Jose Maria.

Watch the complete press conference featuring these fighters competing at UFC 163.

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