Lyoto Machida will square off against Eryk Anders in the UFC Fight Night 125 headliner.
The Las Vegas-based promotion confirmed the middleweight pairing on Thursday following an initial report from MMA Today. UFC Fight Night 125 takes place at Manguerinho Gymnasium on Feb. 3 and will also see Valentina Shevchenko make her flyweight debut against Priscila Cachoeira. The card will be televised on Fox Sports 1.
A former light heavyweight champion and middleweight title challenger, Machida enters the matchup with Anders on a three-bout skid. The 38-year-old Brazilian was finished by both Yoel Romero and Luke Rockhold in 2015, and after serving a USADA-mandated suspension, suffered a first-round knockout loss to Derek Brunson in his Octagon return at UFC Fight Night 119 on Oct. 28. Machida’s last victory was a first-round TKO of C.B. Dolloway in December 2014.
Anders, meanwhile, is unbeaten in his first 10 professional outings. The former University of Alabama linebacker began his promotional tenure with a first-round knockout of Rafael Natal at UFC on Fox 25 before garnering a unanimous verdict over Markus Perez in his most recent outing at UFC Fight Night 123.