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Lyoto Machida Confirms That Anderson Silva Needs Elbow Surgery

Does he or doesn’t he? After reports had surfaced that “The Spider” would require elbow surgery which would keep him out of the octagon through early next year, Silva told Fighters Only in September that he was “200 percent healthy and there’s no injury.” Since then, UFC President Dana White and now Silva’s Black House teammate, Lyoto Machida, have refuted his claim.

“Anderson is a bit bruised, I think he will have surgery on his elbow,” UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida told Tatame Magazine.

Silva has verbally agreed to fight Vitor Belfort at UFC 108, slated to take place in January of 2010. If Silva does indeed undergo surgery, he will need to get the medical procedure performed quickly so that he has enough recovery time before the Belfort fight, a fight Machida thinks will be “tough” for his training team mate.

“It’s a tough fight for both, you can not disparage either side, they can not be underestimated,” Machida stated. “Vitor has already been champion before and Anderson is the champion now, it will be a tough fight. The two have to be very well trained.”

Machida also talked of his own gameplan against Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua at UFC 104.

“I’m not thinking about that the Shogun has done, I’m focused on what I can do, in my strategy. I know he has been champion of Pride, but I have not thought about it. He has been a champion of Pride and I am the champion of the UFC, but it will not give me any advantage,” he said.

UFC 104 takes place from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on October 24. Other fights on the card include Joe Stevenson vs. Spencer Fisher and Ben Rothwell vs. Cain Velasquez.