Any hopes of a quick resolution to the Lyoto Machida – Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua debacle have been dashed with the news, first reported by Yahoo! Sports writer Dave Meltzer, that Machida damaged his hand in the five round battle, and will now require surgery.
There had been strong rumors that a rematch could have been scheduled as soon as January 2nd on the UFC 108 fight card, but that it no longer an option, and there is no word so far on another potential date for the encounter.
For the UFC this is not the news they wanted to hear after a week in which another of the promotions major stars – heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, was also forced to pull out of a title fight due to illness.
Shogun will also be disappointed with the news which means he will have to wait longer before getting another opportunity to claim a light heavyweight title that many believe should already be his.
Despite surgery being far from an ideal for scenario for Machida, he will likely be relieved to have bought himself extra time to regroup, patch up the holes in his game discovered by Shogun, and formulate a new strategy for the rematch.