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Three Replacement Opponents For Machida at UFC 140 Since Davis is Still Recovering From Surgery


(“Get a clue, Rashad. It’s not happening.”)

Within an hour today UFC president Dana White announced and then promptly recanted the news that Lyoto Machida would be squaring off with Phil Davis at UFC 140 in Toronto in December. According to White, the announcement was premature since, unbeknownst to him, Davis is still recuperating from knee surgery to fix the injury that forced him out out of his scheduled UFC 133 bout with Rashad Evans.

Luckily for Dana and UFC matchmaker Joe Silva, we have three viable replacements lined up for Machida and we won’t even charge our usual finder’s fee.

Agree or disagree with our line-up after the jump.

3. Roger Gracie

(Video courtesy of YouTube/ShoSports)


In spite of his loss to Muhammed Lawal, if Roger can take Lyoto down, we may have an interesting situation on our hands. Machida is a black belt, but Gracie is a different kind of black belt and we’ve never seen how “The Dragon” fares against a submission specialist, unless you count Sam Hoger, and we’re pretty sure nobody does.

2. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson

(Video courtesy of YouTube/MMAHighlights11)
“Rampage” has a win over Machida that even he admits is suspect, so why not let the two of them settle the score? With how in shape he was and how focused he seemed for his fight with Jones last week, Jackson will be hungry to get back on track and Machida’s eight-month layoff since his win over Randy Couture at UFC 129 in April could be an advantage.

1.  Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal

(Video courtesy of YouTube/RandomCoolStuffHD)


“King Mo” just brutalized Roger Gracie and would love the chance to take a “W” away from Team Black House since the last fighter from the camp he faced, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, took his belt and snapped his undefeated streak with a third-round TKO. After dominating the fight for the better part of the first two rounds, Lawal got caught by a well-timed straight right up the pipe and Cavalcante didn’t give him a chance to recover. Mo’ is a better version of Phil Davis and doesn’t get the respect he deserves for how well-rounded his arsenal has become thanks to his analytical approach to the game.

Outside possibilities: Gegard Mousasi and Ovince St. Preux

(Video courtesy of YouTube/JonnyLofgren)

 Both fighters are slated to face each other in December at Strikeforce 37, but could be available if needed. Before you scoff at Mousasi being included in this list, remember that besides not knowing how to deal with Keith Jardine‘s Saturday night at the Dairy Queen parking lot fighting style, his only real uninspired performance came against Lawal, but that was because Lawal’s performance and gameplan was that much better.

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MediumRare- September 28, 2011 at 3:41 pm
@ The Canadian: "grapplefuck" is my new favorite word. Thank-you.

@ RSparrow: I have to admit I didn't know Shogun walked around that heavy and I'm bitterly disappointed that he wouldn't consider a drop to MW. I will live in hope that Dana waves lots of money under his nose as motivation. Also, I heard once that Anderson Silva walks around at 220 (although that seems far-fetched). And if Kenny Florian can make it from 185 between fights to 145 then, fuck... who needs food for a week or two
Rocco77- September 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm
Would like to see Mousasi vs. Machida
Mir please break Brocks neck- September 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm
First off...I thoroughly enjoy cagepotato and the 'news breaks' and the eff-ups. The commentaries from folks (like me) is BEYOND entertaining! To the guy that suggested Hendo face Machida...... Hendo is fighting Shogun at UFC 139. So, you need o get 'with it'. If it was possible to move-the-hands-of-time forward, Id like to see Machida fight Anderson Silva. I wouldn't mind watching Rashad fight Machida again either. I enjoy BOTH fighters and think it would be a good re-match. Ultimately, I'd like to see Machida fight Jon Jones. Yes please.
Jack Bauer- September 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm
From a PPV standpoint, I don't think Forrest is a terrible option. He'll sell a lot of PPV buys, and although most people would expect him to get thrashed by Machida, they'll still tune in to see if FoGriff can pull out another upset for his photo album. If he loses, he can retire with his streak of fighting nothing but current/former champs for 4+ years intact.

Either he gets killed via five point palm exploding heart technique, or he plays the Rocky card again. Either way, the viewers win.
KarmaAteMyCat- September 28, 2011 at 11:31 am
@Gobbleston
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I enjoyed the Page/Machida fight just figured I'd throw itout there. Machida is very much still a top p4p 205er anyone saying otherwise is an obvious hater and as for Dana white bringing over Lawl he doesn't like the guy or did you guys choose this interesting moment to forget that? I could see Machida fighting the winner of Gusty vs vlad but thats just me.
Gobbleston- September 28, 2011 at 9:12 am
Bader above Machida? Come on now. I don't know why all the Machida hate. I remember when he fought Silva, and I said (alout, likely in a room by myself..) Oh man, this is going to be boring as hell. When Machida destroyed him, I became a fan, and he's fairly consistantly gone along that route. I like him, piss drinking and all. He reminds me a little bit of my autistic nephew, but that's alright. I don't know why nobody liked the rampage fight, I found it very interesting. Like a chess match almost, but with fists. I think my wife also thought it was boring, but come on now CP. You're not MMA fans like my wife, are you?
Omar-Supreme- September 28, 2011 at 8:50 am
Disregard the bottom two. And Rampage just fought him.

Frankin, Bader or Hendo. Altho i'd consider Hendo a tier above Machida. Maybe even Bader too. Machida has plateaued and will be a title contention gatekeeper for the foreseeable future.
johnnytuthumbs- September 28, 2011 at 8:35 am
Whoever wrote this article is a complete idiot. First of all the only person suggested thats in the ufc is rampage and he just fought lyoto. nobody wants to see them fight again right now. Second of all king dipshit is waaaaaay overrated, and roger gracie just plain out sucks. this article was a waste of website space
SnackDaddy- September 28, 2011 at 7:36 am
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SnackDaddy- September 28, 2011 at 7:35 am
Out of the suggestions thrown around so far, Rich Franklin is the best option, though i think he's injured right now. Other than that, i don't really see a viable fight for Machida in the new future. Hendo would have been a good option but he's already booked to fight Shogun.
Jack Bauer- September 28, 2011 at 7:15 am
@Fried Taco

What possible reason do you have for believing that Dana and Joe wouldn't continue to cherry pick talent from Strikeforce to bolster UFC programming? It's kind of the only thing they've been doing since buying Strikeforce out...
Fried Taco- September 28, 2011 at 7:08 am
I really don't see them pulling someone from Strikeforce just to fill in a vacancy in the UFC. But stranger things have happened.
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Todd M- September 27, 2011 at 9:04 pm
Seriously CP Queen Fuckin Mo? Dude is trash, Machida would light him up the way he holds his hands. Roger Gracie? You mean the guy Queen Mo just knocked out? Really? OSP? Who? Rampage is plausable but he just lost and the first fight was pretty shite so the only suggestion I really see on this page is Mousasi. I think hardcore fans will be excited for this bout but it is a hard sell to the general public, especially for a main event. I f the UFC is really stretching may I throw Gustaffson's hat into the mix? He's got a win streak going, just beat Hamill out of the UFC and his only loss comes to top contendor Phil Davis. Gustaffson is booked to fight Vlady but they can bump that match without to much uproar and I think Gustaffson deserves a higher ranked opponent anyway. Gustaffson is well rounded and aggressive, Machida is a huge step up in competition but besides Mousasi I think he would be a tougher test than anyone mentioned above
macreadysshack- September 27, 2011 at 8:40 pm
. . . and did somebody say Forrest? That would be like racing a Ferrari against a pink '73 VW Bus with a brown door.
macreadysshack- September 27, 2011 at 8:37 pm
I want to see Machida kick Stephan Bonnar's ass again. That was pure entertainment. What about a rematch with Rich Franklin? To hell with Bader or Tito. Vera doesn't make sense (in so many ways). Mousasi I'd like to see in the UFC against anybody, Lyoto would be fine. King Mo needs some easier fights before he gets to Machida. Roger Gracie? Have you seen how difficult it is to put Machida on the ground (unless he's KO'd)? Roger Gracie would just look ridiculous. He has great talent but needs WAY more experience.
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Machida Vs. Bonnar has the greatest entertainment upside for me.
newdeal- September 27, 2011 at 7:42 pm
Put him in with brendan vera. Other than rampage the other options you gave are stupid
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RSparrow- September 27, 2011 at 6:59 pm
@Medium Rare,
I'm with you but Shogun even said today he'd never drop to middleweight. He walks around naturally around 225, too much of a cut bro. Ya, King Mo would be the best option.
RwilsonR- September 27, 2011 at 6:53 pm
The best option on your list is King Mo, who would get exposed horribly. The worst option is Roger Gracie, who has been exposed horribly. I don't really want to watch Rampage fight Machida again, and I don't think he needs to fight again that soon.
Rescheduling Bader or Tito for the fight would make sense, as well.
TheCanadian- September 27, 2011 at 6:47 pm
Personally I think Davis would grapplefuck Lawal into the ground.
RwilsonR- September 27, 2011 at 6:46 pm
@ palmtreeguy - yeah, because Rashad is known for throwing caution to the wind and taking fights in between promised title shots because he is always a fighter, first and foremost.
Kaboom82- September 27, 2011 at 6:45 pm
phil davis is my pick to take the belt from JJ.
Providing he can sharpen up his striking over the next...say, 3 fights.
I'd love to see him spend a year or 2 with tri-star.
He has the pedigree he just needs the arsenal.

as for Machida, surprised nobody said forrest.
parchy mcthirst- September 27, 2011 at 6:39 pm
Mousasi vs. Machida would be great. The other candidates wouldn't be bad choices either
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