In what could be a light heavyweight title contender eliminator match, undefeated 205-pound standouts Lyoto Machida (13-0) and Thiago Silva (13-0) will tangle at UFC 89: "Bisping vs. Leben" at the National Indoor Arena (NIA) in Birmingham, England, on October 18, according to UFC.com.
Machida has won five straight inside the Octagon, including big time bouts against Tito Ortiz, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Kazuhiro Nakamura among others. He's perhaps one of the most difficult fighters to figure out -- "The Dragon" has a technical fight style that appears to frustrate his opponents, as well as a few fans who claim he is "boring."
Regardless, he's been knocking on the door of a title shot for some time now. And a win over a bad dude like Silva would certainly improve his chances.
Silva brings the fierce Chute Boxe aggression into his fights (even though he is now no longer with the camp), stopping all but one of his opponents throughout his exciting mixed martial arts career. He has an explosive mix of punches and kicks, which can often leave him open to counter strikes.
However, Silva has proven that he can take punishment and dish out more ... just ask Tomasz Drwal, Houston Alexander and Antonio Mendes.
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