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Machida Has Surgery, Anderson Silva vs Vitor Belfort Not Likely For UFC 108
Don’t go getting your hopes up for a Machida vs Shogun rematch anytime soon,
Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida’s manager Ed Soares:
“[Lyoto Machida] He had surgery yesterday on his left hand … The doctor said it was a complete success.”
“Lyoto can’t punch for at least six weeks, but most likely it will be about eight-to-ten weeks before he can start punching 100 percent. Most likely, he’ll be able to start training by mid-January.” [The Junkie]
Soares being the bearer of bad news also updates us that the Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort fight at UFC 108 will not likely take place.
“The latest is he’s not fighting Jan. 2 … That’s not going to happen. He won’t be ready.”
“We have to wait and see … Anderson went back to Brazil, and he’s continuing his physical therapy there. But there’s no set date yet.”
“At the end of the day, it’s going to be a great fight,” Soares said. “Like I said before, I don’t think [Belfort] deserves a title shot, but that’s over with now. It is what it is.”
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