Unbeaten Brazilian Thiago Silva will face fellow unbeaten countryman Lyoto Machida in a battle that may determine the UFC’s next light heavyweight title contender. Silva believes that the winner deserves a shot.
“I think we both got where we are by facing great fighters,” Silva told Tatame.com. “Whoever wins our fight has all rights to fight for the title; and he has even more than me (laughs).
Silva laments having to face another Brazilian but appears confident in his preparation thus far.
“I’m ready to fight,” said Silva. “My preparation is good, I’m really focused. But unfortunately I have to face another Brazilian fighter.”
Below is a look at the rest of the fight card at UFC 89 which is set to air via tape-delay on Spike TV From London, England at 9pm ET/PT:
Michael Bisping vs. Chris Leben
Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Luiz Cane
Keith Jardine vs. Brandon Vera
Marcus Davis vs. Paul Kelly
Paul Taylor vs. Chris Lytle
Akihiro Gono vs. Dan Hardy
Jess Liaudin vs. David Bielkheden
Sammy Schiavo vs. Per Eklund
Sam Stout vs. Terry Etim
Shane Carwin vs. Neil Wain
David Baron vs. Jim Miller