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Lyoto Machida Needs Surgery, Rematch With Mauricio "Shogun" Rua Postponed

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Dave Meltzer
brings the news about Machida:

UFC officials have confirmed that Lyoto Machida will need surgery on one of his hands, thus delaying the planned (light heavyweight) championship rematch with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (18-4). Machida injured his hand during his controversial win over Rua during UFC 104 Saturday in Los Angeles.

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White was hopeful to get the rematch in as soon as Jan. 2, when the company has one of its traditional major events of the year at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Rua had agreed to the date, but Machida's surgery eliminates whatever slim possibility there was that he would be fully recovered and ready in time for that date. Right now, it is not known when the fight would be able to take place.

Machida's injury means that four of the five UFC champions are out of commission:

  • Heavyweight Champ Brock Lesnar: UFC 106 bout with Shane Carwin postponed until UFC 108 due to flu.
  • Light heavyweight Champ Lyoto Machida: out for hand surgery, return date unknown.
  • Middleweight champ Anderson Silva: out for elbow surgery, bout with Vitor Belfort remains unscheduled.
  • Welterweight champ Georges St Pierre: torn adductor muscle, may be out until March 2010.
  • Lighweight champ B.J. Penn: healthy will defend his title against Diego Sanchez at UFC 107.

The UFC has already had multiple fall cards hampered by injuries and disputes with fighters. They will have a lot of cards to fill in the winter and spring of 2010 and with 4/5 of their champs out of commission it won't be easy to do.