Lyoto Machida vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura Set for UFC 76
Posted by UFC Junkie on August 2, 2007 at 8:59 pm ET
The UFC 76 fight card just got bolstered with some solid international talent.
Japan’s Kazuhiro Nakamura (11-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a longtime PRIDE veteran and recent UFC acquisition, will take on Brazil’s Lyoto Machida at the Sept. 22 event, UFC.com‘s Thomas Gerbasi is reporting.
Nakamura, who’s fought his entire career in PRIDE, has taken some of the world’s top talent, including Wanderlei Silva, Dan Henderson, Josh Barnett, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. However, each one of those fights ended in defeat.
Still, though, he has some quality victories over the likes of Kevin Randleman and Igor Vovchanchyn.
He’ll taken an opponent who is still trying to get some traction with an American audience.
Since joining the UFC earlier this year, Machida has earned unanimous decision victories over Sam Hoger (in an un-televised UFC 67 bout) and David Heath (in a heavily criticized fight that was yanked from the tape-delayed UFC 70 Spike TV broadcast).
UFC 76 takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Other bouts scheduled for UFC 76 include Chuck Liddell vs. Keith Jardine, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Forrest Griffin, and Diego Sanchez vs. Jon Fitch.
Machida was expected to face Rua at UFC 76, but Forrest Griffin was eventually chosen instead.
For the latest UFC 76 fight card, check out the UFC Rumors section of UFCjunkie.com.