The UFC has apparently informed Lyoto Machida that he will not be participating across the pond at UFC 89. Machida was originally scheduled to face fellow undefeated Brazilian light heavyweight Thiago Silva in the UK, but after an injury forced Silva to withdraw the UFC was unable to lock down a suitable opponent for the unorthodox fighter.
The UFC has traditionally had a difficult time finding opponents for Machida due to his slick defensive abilities coupled with his unorthadox striking style; finding a worthy opponent on short notice proved to be impossible.
“There’s no way to find and opponent now and I’ll have to wait another event to fight,” Machida told the Brazilian site Tatame.com. “I don’t know who’ll I’ll face next. The UFC hasn’t told me 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.”
Rumors have been circulating recently that have Machida up against another popular Brazilian superstar, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Fightline.com has been unable to substantiate the rumor at this time, but if true the two would meet on Dec. 27 at the UFC’s annual New Year’s Eve show.