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Weidman Out of Title Defense Due to Injury, Fight with Machida Pushed Back

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Those looking forward to to witnessing the ‘All-American’ Chris Weidman (11-0) make his second straight title defense against a former UFC champion as well as his second straight Brazilian opponent, Lyoto Machida (21-4), will have to wait a little longer.

Today Chris Weidman was forced to withdraw himself from the headlining bout of the UFC 173 event due to minor knee surgery that will have him out of action for at least two extra months.

The middleweight title affair has been flipped from May 24 to the day after Americans let freedom ring,  and, now, when the All-American will defend the red, white, and blue as well as the 185 lb. title, July 5th.

‘The Dragon’ received the invite to challenge for the gold after former middleweight number one contender, Vitor Belfort (24-10) pulled out of the fight upon the eve of the new banning laws on TRT exemptions. He did so to allow his body proper time to cycle off of the treatment before entering back in to a fight camp.

Machida has yet to taste defeat since moving to the 185 lb. division. He has also won 4 of his last 5 with victories over former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, Gegard Mousasi (34-4), former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion, Dan Henderson (30-11) and knockouts over Mark Munoz (13-4) and Ryan Bader (16-4).

Weidman is on the heels of arguably the most anticipated rematch in UFC history as he defeated the G.O.A.T., Anderson Silva (33-6), for a second time via TKO in the second round after Silva broke his leg over Weidman’s during a checked kick from the champion.

The fight will headline the UFC 175 show, while the 173 card will have a main event to be named later in the coming days. The day after UFC 175, the TUF 19 finale will occupy the same arena, the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas Nevada. This card is headlined by a trilogy bout between two former lightweight champions in BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar. Both UFC 175 and the TUF 19 finale are scheduled during the UFC’s International Fight Week as well making Las Vegas the go-to destination for MMA come Summer. Check back with SciFighting.com for updates.

 

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.