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Lyoto Machida out until mid-January with hand surgery

lyoto_machida-025It appears fans will have to wait a bit longer for the rematch between light-heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. After the controversial decision that went to Machida during UFC 104, it was rumored that Rua would get a rematch as early as January 2010.

Many believed Rua won the fight, including UFC president Dana White, who immediately began lobbying for a rematch. Both fighters verbally agreed to the rematch, but recent reports indicated Machida had undergone surgery on one of his hands. MMAJunkie.com has since been able to confirm the reports through Machida’s manager, Ed Soares.

“He had surgery yesterday on his left hand,” Soares said. “The doctor said it was a complete success. “Lyoto’s hand has been actually injured for a while,” Soares said. “Before the fight with ‘Shogun,’ he went to the doctor, and he went to a special surgeon in Brazil. Basically, they say said that he was going to need surgery, but he didn’t want to cancel the fight. He just roughed it through this training camp. The hand has been bothering him for quite a while now. It was one of those situations. He just roughed through it.”

Soares was quick to point out the surgery was not being used as an excuse for the champions performance at UFC 104, “We’re not trying to make any excuses or anything. We didn’t come out and say anything. We said Lyoto was 100 percent, which he was. But his injury has been bothering him for a while, so we went in and had the surgery, and they found bone spurs. They found a bone fragment down there. There were about four things the doctor said were causing him pain. Thank God they cleared him all up yesterday.”

According to Soares, Machida will need at least six weeks recovery, with an additional two to four weeks before being able to train at 100 percent. With this timeline, it will push any immediate rematch closer to March or April, but Soares declared the fight will be against Rua, “We want that fight. We want to leave no doubt who the light heavyweight champion is.”

16 COMMENTS
  • hindsightufuk says:

    he must have hurt while furiously punching the air when the decision was announced

  • s00nertp says:

    Man, waiting on a bunch of high profile title match unjuries now. Lesnar, Machida, Anderson (HW, LHW, MW)
    arg

    Well at least we have Fedor vs Rogers.

  • 27jride says:

    great. Does the UFC have a single title fight in the next 6 months? As far as I know, George isn’t scheduled to fight because of the groin injury he suffered against Thiago, I haven’t heard BJ mentioned in a while and they have no one to throw to him anyway. Brock is out because he’s been sick. Anderson D bag is out with the elbow surgery and now this…… Not much point in ordering the PPV’s anytime soon.

  • Makington says:

    And we know that Fedor would never quit on a fight due to injury. The guy could have a compound fracture in his leg with his bone sticking out and he will still walk around like nothing is wrong with them.

  • 27jride says:

    I was wrong- I forgot about Penn Vs Sanchez in December

  • nate says:

    why are people hating on the fact that champions are injured? just because they hold a belt doesn’t mean their impervious to injury. not to mention who cares that 90% of zuffa champions are hurt? there are PLENTY of other GREAT fights happening and alot of things to be excited about…like the biggest month in SF history.. bellator got a network deal.. you don’t need a zuffa belt to be great to watch. even if your mainly a UFC fan then you should also be excited to see the new crop of emerging contenders get a shot at a belt.. just because gold isn’t on their waist does not mean they aren’t worth watching.

  • Jak says:

    They should give Shogun the interim belt… :)

  • Djangoplata says:

    Hopefully this surgery can remove Anderson Silva’s cock from Lyoto’s ass.

  • Makington says:

    Djangoplata: Hopefully this surgery can remove Anderson Silva’s cock from Lyoto’s ass.

    That’s a little harsh Django. I support my team mates in everything they do. If my partner were to fight GSP, I would still stick by him, and tell him he will be the man to beat GSP. You don’t train with someone everyday so that you can leave him hanging when they need support.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    harsh but funny

  • bigbadjohn says:

    This is awful! I don’t know if I can handle another lay off without watching Machida fight! I mean he’s so aggressive and exciting! He really brings the fight! No sense at all in ordering the PPVs if Machidas not fighting, right 27jride? because he’s just so damn captivating to watch…

  • MMApride19 says:

    Im just glad that Ed Soares actually wants the rematch. He is usually against what everyone else wants lol. But after all the controversy, i think its only smart. Because if i were the champion, and alot of people thought i didnt deserve to be, i would be a little dis heartened lol.

    Its the right way to go anyway, all this controversy needs to be cleared up. The rematch is much needed. And im happy to wait a while for that anyway. Im more interested atm in seeing Anderson Silva and GSP defend there titles. Brock Lesnar.. yeh i want to see him fight Carwin, but im far more interested in seeing Silva and GSP defend theres. Silva’s pushing it now!!! He needs to fight soon!!!

  • HonorableAggression says:

    In that weigh in pic on the home page for this story lyoto looks like ryu from street fighter

  • WarCry says:

    This will give Machida more time to look at some tape. Doubt as to legitimacy of his title is not a good thing for a champion. I think that is why Soares is down for a rematch. They know they lost that fight. Now is the time to regroup and retool. I believe Machida learned a lesson from that fight of what it means to be champion. Its one thing to visualize it its another to experience it firsthand. Fortunately for him Helen Keller, Stevie Wonder, and Daredevil were judging the fight

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    I don’t think Machida deserves a title shot anyway. He got destroyed by Shogun last time!. LOL.

  • GassedOut says:

    WarCry: Fortunately for him Helen Keller, Stevie Wonder, and Daredevil were judging the fight

    I don’t know If I would give the judges that much credit. Especially Cecil Peeples. That guy has no business near an MMA ring (and maybe not a boxing ring either). And Daredevil can actually see, just not with his eyes. He could have judged the fight better than any of them!

    I just can’t hate on Machida for this. He’s not the one that robbed Shogun. That was the three guys I’ve yclept Winken, Blinken, and Nod.

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