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Lyoto Machida mentioned earlier this week that he had injured his hand during the Shogun fight, but he wasn’t sure if it needed surgery. Well, according to Dave Meltzer, the verdict is in, and unfortunately it looks like it does.

UFC officials have confirmed that Lyoto Machida will need surgery on one of his hands, thus delaying the planned middleweight 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.

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.

Meltzer also mentioned that Anderson Silva is still recovering from his elbow surgery and the date of his middleweight title defense against Vitor Belfort is still up in the air.

Here’s to hoping for speedy recoveries and no further injuries during training.

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