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After an interesting late night of speculation (and Matt Roth of Head Kick Legend having the info first) it seems that Lyoto Machida is officially in to face Rashad Evans at UFC 133. Machida is stepping up on late notice after a knee injury forced Evans' original opponent, Phil Davis, out of the main event. Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole just confirmed the news on Twitter:
Machida and Evans have met once before, a bout which Machida won via crushing knockout at UFC 98.
The opening gambling line sees Machida as a -300 favorite to pull off the win yet again.
Update by Brent Brookhouse: Well now this is just getting silly. After Iole said he received the text saying Machida was in, he tweeted "Correction: Davis is out, Machida not yet in per @danawhite"
And now we get this bit of interesting news from Fighters Only:
Lyoto Machida's manager-wife Fabyola says that her husband won't be taking the late-notice fight with Rashad Evans.
Evans is without an opponent after Phil Davis pulled out yesterday. Tito Ortiz was asked to step in for the August 6th fight. He declined and the buck passed to Machida, who has yet to formally respond to the UFC's offer.
"The fight is close and for the sake of professionalism we can not accept it. We always do our best, but there is only a few weeks [until the fight] and it wouldn't be fair on the fans to put in a bad performance," she told Nomundo Dos Lutas in Brasil.
FO also reached out and had it confirmed to them that Machida is not taking the fight.
More updates to come.