“He does have a slight hairline fracture, and the reason why it puffed up is the doctor said there was air that got in, and that’s why it fills up,” Soares told MMAJunkie.com.
In the highly anticipated rematch of their controversial UFC 104 bout, Shogun knocked Machida to the canvas with a crisp right hook late in the first round before sealing the deal with a barrage of at least eight undefended ground blows. The damage left Machida’s left eye severely swollen.
“You have almost like a seal with your orbital, and when you have a little hairline fracture and you blow your nose, it just fills up with air,” said Soares. “It’s nothing too major. He may have to have surgery; he may not. It’s up in the air right now.”
No schedule has been set for the return of the former UFC light heavyweight champion.