Sources confirmed the matchup to ESPN on Thursday, following an initial report by MMA-Today.com. Officials have not yet announced the 185-pound fight.
Machida (22-8) will be seeking his first win in more than three years. He came off a 18-month drug suspension in October, when he suffered a first-round knockout loss to Derek Brunson.
Anders (10-0) specifically asked for Machida after a three-round decision win over Markus Perez last weekend in Fresno. He is a former starting linebacker for the University of Alabama.