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Chris Weidman, the reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC Middleweight champion has been ruled out of the main event of UFC 173 due to injury with his scheduled championship match against Lyoto Machida being moved to UFC 175 as a result.
According to the UFC, Weidman will require a minor surgery on his knee but the American will be able to resume training barely two weeks after going under the knife and so, he will not have any problems whatsoever in making the headlining act at UFC 175 which is scheduled for July at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Weidman was originally scheduled to take on legendary Brazilian Vitor Belfort but after the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s decision to ban Testosterone Replacement Therapy or TRT, Belfort was removed from the card with his fellow Brazilian Lyoto Machida given a shot at the title in just his third fight in the Middleweight division.
But now, he will have to sit back a further six weeks before he can get his hands on the American who defeated the Brazilian’s close friend and legendary fighter Anderson Silva to claim the Middleweight strap.
Machida himself is a former champion in the promotion, having reigned as the UFC Light Heavyweight champion after his win against Rashad Evans, defending it once against Mauricio Rua before losing the belt in a rematch.
He was given a shot at the belt against Jon Jones at UFC 140 but failed to take it and since then, he has a record of 4-1 of which, two wins have come in the Middleweight category after Lyoto Machida cut down to the 185 lbs division as he looked to get one more shot at securing a strap with time running out on his Mixed Martial Arts and UFC career.
Judo Video Rating: 4 / 5
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