Lyoto Machida is coming off a devastating loss to Luke Rockhold. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
The "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4" finale has a new venue and main event.
Lyoto Machida will lock horns with Yoel Romero in the middleweight headliner of the “TUF: Brazil 4” finale at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla., on June 27, promotion officials announced on Friday.
The event was originally set for Sao Paulo and featured a welterweight main event between Rick Story and Erick Silva. Story and Silva will remain on the card as the co-headliner.
Machida, who made his UFC middleweight debut in October 2013, has lost two of his last three fights. Most recently, “The Dragon” suffered a second-round submission loss to Luke Rockhold at UFC on Fox 15. The former light heavyweight titlist owns 185-pound triumphs over C.B. Dollaway, Gegard Mousasi and Mark Munoz in the Octagon.
A torn meniscus suffered in training forced Romero to withdraw from a proposed clash with Ronaldo Souza at UFC on Fox 15, the second time a bout between the two middleweights had been canceled. Romero and Souza were originally supposed to square off at UFC 184 on Feb. 28, but “Jacare” had to withdraw from the contest due to pneumonia. The 38-year-old “Soldier of God” elected against having surgery on his knee after the injury. Romero has won five straight fights, including a third-round TKO triumph over Tim Kennedy in his last outing at UFC 178.