Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida turned down a chance to face UFC 205-pound champion Jon Jones recently. However, Machida has gone to Twitter to hint as a future surprise announcement.
“We are preparing a big surprise for you!” Machida posted, along with a photo of himself, Wanderlei Silva, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
The UFC announced on Tuesday that both UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson have been forced off the October card from Brazil. No replacement opponents for either Frankie Edgar or Glover Teixeira have been announced by the promotion, or any new fights to replace the previously scheduled ones.
Of course, it’s also possible that this has nothing to do with the October card and that Machida will be making another announcement of some kind.
Silva added some fuel to the fire, posting a message on Twitter that read, “UFC RIO???” Silva has talked about competing once more this year after falling to Rich Franklin earlier this year in Brazil.
You can check out Machida’s tweet below:
Estamos preparando uma grande surpresa para vcs! twitter.com/lyotomachidafw…
— Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) September 12, 2012