The UFC has announced that undefeated light heavyweight contenders Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva will clash at UFC 89 “Bisping vs. Leben” on October 19th in Birmingham, England with a 205-pound title shot likely on the line. The event is expected to air on Spike TV.
Machida (13-0) has won all five of his bouts inside the octagon including his most recent win, a unanimous decision victory over popular former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz at UFC 84 in May. “The Dragon” also hold notable wins over Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Kazuhiro Nakamura, BJ Penn, Stephan Bonnar, and Rich Franklin.
Silva (13-0) has won four straight in the UFC including his most recent victory, a UFC 84 win over Antonio Mendes, who Silva finished with strikes just over two minutes into the opening round. Silva has also defeated James Irvin, Tomasz Drwal, and Houston Alexander inside the octagon.