In an interview with MMAWeekly.com, UFC President Dana White confirmed that Lyoto Machida and Phil Davis would square off at UFC 140.
But, just a few hours later, White backed off his statements on his Twitter account, saying that he jumped the gun due to Davis still recovering from knee surgery.
“I jumped the gun on Machida vs. Davis. Just found out Davis is still recovering from knee surgery. Sorry about that!” White wrote.
UFC 140 takes place December 10 from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The bout would likely be a five-round, non-title fight main event, according to White.
Machida (17-2) was last seen defeating Randy Couture, while Davis (9-0) stopped Machida’s teammate, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, in his previous appearance inside the Octagon.
The fight has been rumored for a while now, as Machida was asked to be a replacement for Davis in the main event of UFC 133 before turning it down. Davis was injured in training and had to pull out of the planned fight with Rashad Evans.
Already scheduled for the card are bouts pitting Frank Mir against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and Tito Ortiz matching up with Rogerio Nogueira.