Though a concrete date for the fight could not be confirmed, and Machida's management could not be reached at the time of this writing, sources say it would likely take place in October or November.
In a conference call Thursday announcing the Season 10 coaches of
"(Machida) will fight," said White. "We're working on it right now. As soon as it's signed, I'll announce it ... which I'm hoping will be today or tomorrow."
Asked whether Machida would headline UFC 103, White responded, "that's not true."
At the post-fight press conference for UFC 98, Machida said he would take a short vacation and return to training. Manager
Rua is coming off a devastating stoppage of former light heavyweight champion
Rua recently praised Machida's performance and expressed his desire to face the undefeated fighter in an interview with tatame.com.
"Lyoto was phenomenal, beat Rashad and proved he's the best of this division," said Rua. "I'd love to (fight him), he's a top guy. I wanna fight the best."