Chris Weidman made a successful title defence, defeating Anderson Silva for a second time. Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Weidman out with knee injury, title defence vs. Machida off


Some disappointing news coming out of UFC HQ as Chris Weidman has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout with Lyoto Machida at UFC 173 due to a knee injury. Machida replaced original opponent Vitor Belfort, who was forced to pull out after the revelation that TRT had been banned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

With Weidman out, the UFC have confirmed that a new main event will be announced in the near future and the fight will be rescheduled for a later date of July 4. The fight was set to go down at UFC 173 on May 24 at Mandalay Bay Events Centre in Las Vegas, NV.

Weidman made his first UFC title defence by defeating Anderson Silva for a second consecutive time, albeit via injury. Many question the legitimacy of such a victory, and Weidman was hoping to get his first ‘real’ defence by defeating dangerous former champion Lyoto Machida.

The full statement from the UFC can be seen below.

“The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced today that middleweight champion Chris Weidman has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled title defense against Lyoto Machida on May 24. Weidman suffered a knee injury that will require minor surgery and his bout with Machida has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 5. A new main event for UFC 173 on May 24 will be announced in the days to come.”

As this is just six weeks after the original proposed bout, UFC fans won’t have too long to wait to see the two meet in the middle of the Octagon, and it will be interesting to see who will take their place on one of the most highly anticipated pay-per-views of 2014.

Tags: Anderson Silva Chris Weidman Lyoto Machida UFC 173 Vitor Belfort

  • chris krueger

    Machida will beat Weidman when they meet. Weidman will not be able to take Machida down and Machida will easily outclass Weidman’s primitive striking.

    • Jacob Cooper

      I certainly think it’ll be a tough fight for Weidman, and he’ll have to game plan well to beat Machida. That said, I think he’s one of them fighters that make such huge improvements in-between fights that he can beat any middleweight in the world. A lot of interesting questions should be answered in this fight.

      • chris krueger

        I think they should have allowed Vitor TRT for this fight. Anderson and Jon Jones had to beat TRT Vitor. I think Vitor would have beat Weidman in round 1. I think Machida will dominate in a UD win. Weidman will get caught a couple of times and he will not try any offensive striking and just wait until he can attempt takedowns. Machida will not clown him like Anderson so that will not leave any openings for Weidman.

        • Jacob Cooper

          I definitely see your logic, but I’m glad to see the back of TRT. Vitor certainly isn’t as much of a threat without it, and I think Weidman would have struggled against him if he was on the treatment, but without it Weidman will defeat Belfort with ease IMO. And regarding Machida, I 100% agree, he has a lot of threats to Weidman and he’s a whole load more sensible than Silva. Machida tends to do well against wrestlers too; his losses to Davis and Rampage were controversial, and losing to Jones is nothing to be ashamed of, and aside from that he has beaten Couture, Bader, Evans, Ortiz, Henderson and Munoz handily. I’m glad this fight is rescheduled and not canceled altogether.

          • chris krueger

            I agree. Weidman beats non trt vitor. Weidman’s striking is just not good enough to beat Machida and he doesn’t have that big power that could finish Machida in 1 shot. I just watched that Weidman Maia fight again and even though that was a few years ago that was one of the worst fights I have ever seen, grapplers with poor striking that were too tired to grapple.

          • Jacob Cooper

            In all fairness to Weidman, he did go into that fight on something like a weeks notice and had to cut a lot of weight.

          • chris krueger

            True, but other than the 2 Silva fights Weidman’s biggest win is against Mark Munoz who in my opinion is the most over rated fighter in the UFC. Tom Lawler, Jesse Bongfeldt are just guys that the UFC used to pad his record and Maia and Munoz are dangerous but completely 1 dimensional fighters. As for the Silva fights, the first was Silva completely messing around, way more than he did against Maia or Leites, he closed his eyes and let Weidman punch him, any fighter in the UFC gets that KO, the second was a fluke injury. Checking a leg kick is not a high level technique, every fighter checks leg kicks except Rampage, and yes weidman was winning, but Silva has lost many first rounds and come back to dominate, chael x2, hendo, and even lutter had him mounted in the first, so yes Weidman won those 2 but they were not impressive to me.

          • Jacob Cooper

            With all due respect, I think you’re just looking for any excuse to play down the fact that Weidman is a top fighter. The fact remains that Weidman has overcome every fighter he has faced, he’s been untested and he’s beaten the man many consider the best of all time on two occasions. The way he destroyed Mark Munoz was one of the most devastating performances I’ve ever seen in the sport of MMA.

          • Jacob Cooper

            I do appreciate you reading and commenting though man, it’s been interesting exchanging views

  • chris krueger

    If they cannot get a title fight for 173 i would like to see Gus vs. DC, maybe a 3 rounder beccause of short notice.

  • chilly16

    Hmmm, isn’t that old news about CW’s knee unjury or is it the second injury?

    • Jacob Cooper

      This article is from 2 months ago.