UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman has been forced to withdraw from the main event of UFC 173 after sustaining a knee injury while preparing against Lyoto Machida.
UFC.com announced that the title clash between Weidman and Machida will be moved to July 5 in UFC 175.
“The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced today that middleweight champion Chris Weidman has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled title defense against Lyoto Machida on May 24. Weidman suffered a knee injury that will require minor surgery and his bout with Machida has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 5. A new main event for UFC 173 on May 24 will be announced in the days to come,” said UFC’s statement.
Weidman was originally slated to face Vitor Belfort on May 4 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Belfort, however, was forced to pullout from the bout after the Nevada State Athletic Commission has ruled to ban the use of testosterone replacement therapy.
Machida, who is coming off two straight victories in the middleweight division, immediately stepped up to replace Belfort.