Former UFC light heavyweight champion and recent middleweight title challenger Lyoto Machida(22-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC) will meet former Strikeforce middleweight champ Luke Rockhold (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in the UFC on FOX 15 main event.
Rockhold today announced the five-round bout on his Instagram feed.
UFC on FOX 15 takes place April 18 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The main card will air on FOX after prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
The event will be the UFC’s sixth at Prudential Center, though it will be the first visit to that venue on free TV. The five previous shows have been pay-per-views.
Machida got back in the win column in December when he stopped C.B. Dollaway with a “Performance of the Night” TKO in just 62 seconds in Brazil. Prior to that, following a light heavyweight loss to Phil Davis, he dropped to middleweight and won two straight fights to get a shot at champ Chris Weidman. But Weidman took a unanimous decision in the UFC 175 main event.
Still, as a middleweight, Machida, who won the light heavyweight belt in May 2009, has four post-fight bonuses in his four bouts at the weight class.
Rockhold has won three straight fights since a knockout loss to Vitor Belfort in his UFC debut after moving over as the Strikeforce champ. He picked up a “Knockout of the Night” win over Costas Philippou a year ago, submitted Tim Boetsch at UFC 172, then submitted Michael Bisping in another bonus-winning victory in November.