Lyoto Machida. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
In the wake of Thiago Silva being forced to pull out of his scheduled UFC 89 bout against Lyoto Machida because of a lingering back injury, Machida himself has been pulled from the card according to the UFC’s official website.
A heavyweight bout between rising prospect Shane Carwin and UFC newcomer Neil Wain has been moved up to the televised main card, which will be shown via tape delay on Spike TV in the United States on October 18 at 9 PM ET.
Machida has also told Tatame.com that while the UFC has told him that he won’t be fighting on the event any longer, they have not informed him of any details regarding his next fight.
“There’s no way to find an opponent now, and I’ll have to wait another event to fight,” Machida said in the article. “I don’t know who I’ll face, UFC didn’t say anything yet, only that I won’t fight at UFC 89. It’s sad because I was focused, training hard and prepared, but this kind of things happens. I changed my training now, I’m doing more karate and working out, doing less MMA stuff.”
Now that former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is rumored to be rematching Wanderlei Silva later this year, speculation has already started regarding Machida possibly being matched up against former PRIDE standout Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who is currently recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured ACL in his left knee, at the UFC’s scheduled December 27 show in Las Vegas.
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