Report: Rashad Evans vs Lyoto Machida rematch booked for UFC 133 on Aug. 6 with Phil Davis hurt

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Phil Davis suffered a knee injury in training that forced him out of his upcoming bout against Rashad Evans, which was scheduled to go down at UFC 133 on Aug. 6 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Thankfully, Brazil is just a phone call away.

Lyoto Machida has reportedly answered the call to step in for the ailing "Mr. Wonderful," on just three weeks notice, and will rematch Evans in "The City of Brotherly Love."

HeadKickLegend.com brought word of the replacement shortly after it was revealed that the UFC 133 main event was in peril.

The first time these two met was back in May 2009 when Evans was the light heavyweight champion and Machida was the unbeatable, elusive Karate master.

And as promised, the always dangerous Brazilian boxed up and battered "Suga," knocking him out in the second round to usher in what Joe Rogan called "The Machida Era." While that call turned out to be premature, the memory of that night is still surely fresh on the mind of Evans, especially since it represents his only career defeat.

Payback time in Philly?

Evans has been on the longest and most grueling roller coaster ride in the past year of any fighter in the UFC today. And he hasn't even stepped inside the Octagon.

After defeating Quinton Jackson at UFC 114 in May 2010, he sat for nearly an entire year, turning down fights along the way, so as to avoid losing out on his title shot, which he earned with the victory over "Rampage." However, he ended up losing out on it anyway when he suffered a knee injury just six weeks out from a showdown with 205-pound kingpin Mauricio Rua at UFC 128 earlier this year.

His teammate at the time, Jon Jones, stepped in and won the title, setting up a mega-feud fueled by jealousy, anger and resentment on both sides. With all the heat and history, the match up was a guaranteed moneymaker and would have easily been the fight of the year.

But, once again, fate struck and "Bones" suffered an injury that forced him to temporarily freeze his future fight plans. Rather than make the same mistake twice, Evans quickly agreed to take on Davis and get back to business. Meanwhile, Jones had a change of heart and elected to not have surgery on his hand and was booked to battle Jackson later this year.

Hopefully, Evans has better luck at UFC 133. It can't get much worse.

In addition to the re-worked main event between Evans and Machida, UFC 133 will feature a middleweight showdown between Yoshihiro Akiyama and Vitor Belfort, as well as a 205-pound slugfest between Rich Franklin and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

For the latest UFC 133 news and notes click here.

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