As noted earlier this week, the UFC is likely moving the rematch between Lyoto Machida and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua back a week because of the proposed Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley boxing match. The suggested change makes sense considering the current economic conditions, which have been compounded by the slew of injuries and illnesses that have ravaged recent UFC pay-per-view broadcasts.
UFC president Dana White previously said that he would not oppose a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao super-fight, and it seems as though he’s steering clear of a Mayweather-Mosely showdown as well.
White recently told Yahoo! Sports that if the boxing match goes down on May 1st in Las Vegas, the organization would “look to” move UFC 113 back a week to May 8th.
Meanwhile, Lyoto Machida tweeted this week that the date for the rematch would likely be changed.
“My next fight against shogun is [scheduled] for May 1st, but there is a possibility to change,” Machida Tweeted early Monday morning. “If it does I’ll let you know through here.”
A welterweight matchup between Paul Daley and Josh Koscheck is also expected to take place on the card, assuming that Koscheck has recovered from the undisclosed injury that forced him out of his rematch with Paulo Thiago at UFC 109.
MMAJunkie.com confirmed with sources close to the 170-pound affair that both fighters have agreed to the fight, but understand that it can be scrapped if Koscheck isn’t fully recouped from whatever it is that ails him.
Koscheck was last seen unleashing the most impressive performance of his career against Anthony Johnson at UFC 106. He executed a perfect gameplan that enabled him to earn a second round rear-naked submission victory.
Daley continued his explosive ways by putting Dustin Hazelett to sleep in the first round of their UFC 108 scrap. The Brit owns an impressive 23-8-2 record, with 18 of his wins coming via some sort of knockout.
UFC 113 will be taking place this May from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.