Lyoto Machida vs Tim Kennedy Middleweight Bout to Headline UFC Fight for the Troops 3 on Nov. 6

Photos by Gary A. Vasquez and Jayne Kamin-Oncea via USA Today

Well that came out of nowhere.


Moments ago Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White announced on "Fox Sports Live" that former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida's next fight. No, it's not Chael Sonnen in a parking lot. It's actually going to be a Middleweight contest against former two-time Strikeforce title challenger Tim Kennedy.

The bout is expected to headline the upcoming Fight for the Troops 3 event in Fort Campbell, Kentucky in a few months (Weds., Nov. 6, 2013). The main card is expected to air on Fox Sports 1.

Machida (19-4) is widely considered one of the best light heavyweights on the planet, and had been campaigning mightily for a second title shot against current champion Jon Jones, but his plans were derailed after losing a controversial decision to Phil Davis earlier this month in the co-main event of UFC 163. Since then, "The Dragon" has been stuck in no-man's land and many have speculated his best career move could be a drop to 185 pounds.

It's now official, Machida took that advice to make the cut. The 35-year old can expect to be an instant contender for the title should he perform to the best of his abilities.

Kennedy (16-4) was always in the upper echelon of Strikeforce's middleweight division, earning title shots against both Ronaldo Souza and Luke Rockhold throughout his stint in the promotion, but he came up short via decision both times. The former Army Ranger has won his last two fights including his UFC debut against Roger Gracie last month at UFC 162.

With Kennedy's history in the armed forces, he should expect to be a great ambassador for a headlining "Fight for the Troops" event.

The last show for the troops UFC put on took place over two and a half years ago in January 2011 at Fort Hood, Texas. The inaugural event occurred in December 2008 in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

What do you make of this late-night revelation?

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