The UFC officially announced during Saturday’s pay-per-view telecast of UFC 91 that a battle of light heavyweight unbeatens is set to take place at UFC 94 on Saturday, Jan. 31.
Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva had originally be scheduled to fight last month at UFC 89 in Birmingham, England but the bout was canceled after Silva had suffered an injury while training.
UFC officials had attempted to schedule another match for Machida, but his camp was adamant about waiting for an opportunity to compete against Silva.
Macida is 13-0 and has not competed since a three-round unanimous decision victory over Tito Ortiz at UFC 84 in May. The victory improved Machida’s record inside of the Octagon to 5-0.
Silva is also 13-0 with his last victory coming at UFC 84 as well. Facing Antonio Mendes, Silva recorded a first round TKO due to punches just 2:24 into the fight. The native Brazilian is 4-0 while competing under the UFC banner.
UFC 94 will emanate from the MGM Grand Garden Arena the night before the Super Bowl and will air live on pay-per-view. Already announced as the show’s main event is Georges St. Pierre defending the UFC welterweight title vs. current UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn.