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Machida to meet Mousasi in Brazil

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Lyoto Machida knocked out Mark Munoz last month © Getty Images
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A UFC middleweight bout between Lyoto Machida and Gegard Mousasi will take place on Febuary 8 in Jaragua do Sol, Brazil.

The high-profile, 185-pound tilt will headline the event. UFC officials have confirmed the booking, after an initial report by Brazilian news source Globo.com.

A former UFC light heavyweight champion, Machida (20-4) made his middleweight debut last month in a first-round knockout victory over Mark Munoz.

Mousasi (34-3-2) elects to drop to middleweight despite being unbeaten in his last seven appearances at 205 pounds, including four finishes.

A former champion in Strikeforce, Mousasi made his UFC debut earlier this year, defeating late replacement Ilir Latifi by unanimous decision in April. He held the 205-pound Strikeforce title for eight months, after knocking out Renato Sobral in August 2009.

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