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.