On this past Friday's edition of MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio), UFC president Dana White hinted that a would-be UFC 110 headliner between Wanderlei Silva (32-10-1 MMA, 2-5 UFC) and Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) could be scrapped for a different matchup.
He apparently was referring to the fact that Silva instead will meet recent UFC 105 winner Michael Bisping (18-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) at the event.
UFC 110 takes place Feb. 21 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.
Soon after White's appearance, Fighters Only posted news of the likely Silva vs. Bisping matchup. MMAjunkie.com confirmed that Silva is no longer scheduled to fight Akiyama and that the Bisping matchup should be finalized shortly.
White, though, first cast doubt on the fight on Friday.
"That might change," White said of the Silva-Akiyama matchup.
When pressed further on the matter, White declined to divulge any further information. But the UFC exec did say the company was making some changes to previously reported bookings.
"All I said is that might change," White said. "That's my groundbreaking info on that fight. That one might change. We're moving some things around and doing some stuff."
With Akiyama's limited exposure in the UFC (he's fought only once in the organization) and the apparent inability to book a Cain Velasquez vs. Shane Carwin interim title fight, UFC officials focused on Silva vs. Bisping to carry its Australian debut.
Silva, fighting at middleweight after slimming down from 205 pounds, looks to snap a two-fight losing streak. The MMA legend and longtime PRIDE title-holder is just 1-5 in his past six contests, which have included decision losses to former champ Rich Franklin and Chuck Liddell.
Bisping, meanwhile, recently rebounded from a devastating July knockout loss to Dan Henderson with an impressive second-round TKO of Denis Kang earlier this month at UFC 105. Bisping, who could have earned a title shot with a win over Henderson, has now won four of his past five fights (three via knockout), all of which came after a drop from light heavyweight to middleweight.
"The Ultimate Fighter 3" winner and British fighter will compete on his seventh international card in his past nine appearances.