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Lyoto Machida moving to middleweight to face Tim Kennedy

Aug 3, 2013; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Lyoto Machida (blue shorts) before his fight against Phil Davis during UFC 163 at HSBC Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

There have been rumors about former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida making the move down to middleweight for quite some time and now “The Dragon” will finally officially be making the move down to 185 pounds.

UFC president Dana White made the announcement during Tuesday night’s edition of FOX Sports Live on FOX Sports 1.

Machida will be taking on two-time Strikeforce middleweight title challenger Tim Kennedy, who successfully made his UFC debut over Roger Gracie at UFC 162 in early July, at UFC Fight for the Troops 3 will take place on November 6 on Fox Sports 1 which will be held at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Kennedy is a US Army Ranger, so he is an obvious choice to be a member of the UFC Fight for the Troops 3 card.

The bout between Machida and Kennedy is the first official fight announced for the November 6 event, but we can expect to hear more announcements in the coming weeks.

If Machida is successful in his UFC middleweight debut against Kennedy, he should immediately make an appearance in the official 185 pound top ten rankings.

Topics: Lyoto Machida, Tim Kennedy, UFC

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