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Lyoto Machida vs. Dan Henderson official for UFC 157 on Feb. 23 in Anaheim

Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson are officially booked to lock horns at UFC 157: "Rousey vs. Carmouche" on Feb. 23, 2012 in Anaheim, California.

Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

I guess "Hendo" was right, his knee is doing "great."

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight showdown between Lyoto Machida vs. Dan Henderson is now official for UFC 157: "Rousey vs. Carmouche," which goes down on Feb. 23, 2013 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Both "The Dragon" and "Hendo" were the leading contenders to face off against current division champion Jon Jones, but the opportunities were missed. After Henderson suffered an injury, which forced him off his title fight against "Bones" at UFC 151, Machida was first option to replace him one month later at UFC 152.

Lyoto, however, passed on the shot-notice rematch, stating he needed more time to prepare.

Now, with both looking to reclaim their title shot at the 205-pound strap, the two veterans will hope to solidify their status as the number one contender in sunny California. It is unclear at the moment whether or not the victor will indeed get the next shot at either Jones or Chael Sonnen, who are scheduled to face off on April 27, 2013.

Especially with Alexander Gustafsson doing work.

UFC 157 will be headlined by a female bantamweight title fight pitting Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche while Urijah Faber returns to face Ivan Menjivar in 135-pound action.

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