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Dana White Announced Lyoto Machida vs. Phil Davis at UFC 140, Then Took It Back

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Dana White revealed UFC 140’s main event to MMA Weekly today. Then he took it back.

According to Dana, the UFC was intending to book Lyoto Machida and Phil Davis in a five-round main event at UFC 140 in Toronto, but then learned that Davis was still recovering from knee surgery and wouldn’t be ready to go for the Dec. 10 card.

It’s unclear if Machida will stay in the main event and face someone else or if they’ll postpone the bout to a later date. If he stays, their options are rather limited. Rampage might be ready to go by then, but will he want to? After coming off the hardest training camp of his life in a unsuccessful title bid, chances are Rampage just wants to hang out for awhile. As CagePotato points out, the only other option is bringing someone over from Strikeforce like King Mo, but putting relatively unknown Strikeforce fighters in pay-per-view main events would likely hurt buy rates. With most of the light heavyweight division’s elite booked or injured, chances are the UFC will look at other weight classes for the UFC 140 main event.

Below, Dana White gives MMA Weekly his thoughts on Shogun Rua vs. Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva vs. Cung Le and the potential for a rematch between Shogun and Rampage.

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Event Date: November 4, 2016
Broadcast: Spike

UFC Fight Night 98: Dos Anjos vs. Ferguson

Event Date: November 5, 2016
Broadcast: TBD

Bellator 164: Koreshkov vs. Lima

Event Date: November 11, 2016
Broadcast: Spike Sports

UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor

Event Date: November 12, 2016
Broadcast: Pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 165: Chandler Vs. Henderson

Event Date: November 19, 2016
Broadcast: Spike TV

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Event Date: November 19, 2016
Broadcast: TBD