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UFC tips hand with premature announcement of Lyoto Machida vs. Phil Davis

In a rare flub, earlier today UFC President Dana White revealed former light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida was set to face undefeated grappler Phil Davis when the organization travels to Toronto for UFC 140. However, as it turns out, Davis is still in the process of rehabilitating an injured knee previously costing him a headlining slot at UFC 133 in August and may not be available for the December 10 event after all.

White quickly took to Twitter to control the damage, writing, “I jumped the gun on Machida vs. Davis… Sorry about that!”

The two talented 205ers were rumored for an eventual rumble as early as last month when Machida’s manager announced he was hoping to put the deal together. While Machida and Davis may not fight at UFC 140, if they are indeed matched-up it would sense given that both are on the cusp of contendership.

Machida is 17-2 in his career with past wins over Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, and Rashad Evans, while Davis is 9-0 since transitioning to MMA after his run as a decorated collegiate wrestler including impressive in-ring performances against Brian Stann, Alexander Gustafsson, Tim Boetsch, and most recently Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

UFC 140 is co-headlined by Nogueira vs. Ortiz and also features his twin brother, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, facing former heavyweight title-holder Frank Mir.

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MMATraining Take: Oops! It’s actually quite strange for White to have prematurely announced a fight and makes me curious to know where the miscommunication came from. Maybe he was told they were going to fight in December and didn’t consider the company’s NYE Weekend event in Las Vegas? It’s far more bare-boned than UFC 140 at this point with Alistair Overeem vs. Brock Lesnar being the only stand-out fight so far so putting Machida/Davis together on the card would make a lot of sense.

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