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Machida Says He Likely Won’t Fight Again This Year

(“Look at me damn it.  I said I’m sorry. I even sent you a brownie basket.”)

Somebody should have warned Lyoto Machida that playing hardball with Dana White never ends well.

Now, either the UFC is teaching him a lesson for wanting “Anderson Silva Money” for stepping in on short notice to face Rashad Evans at UFC 133 or they want to save the Japanese-Brazilian fighter for its February 26 return to Japan. Either way, Lyoto, who only fought once in 2011 at UFC 129 in April, won’t even be making Strikeforce Challengers money the rest of the year. Lucky for him he has the Knockout of the Night bonus he got for retiring Randy Couture and knocking out his tooth.

Machida tweeted late last night that he likely won’t be fighting again until next year, but didn’t give a reason why.

You may recall that White prematurely announced last week that Machida would be taking on Phil Davis at UFC 140 in Toronto and then pulled a 180 on the news when he was informed that Davis was still recovering from knee surgery. I guess Dana’s still sore at us. Otherwise he might have considered one of our viable replacement opponents for “The Dragon” to keep him busy instead of putting him on the shelf.

See, Lyoto. We told you “The Baldfather” never forgets.

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SnackDaddy- October 4, 2011 at 8:34 am
There really are no credible, free opponents for Machida right now.
Mir please break Brocks neck- October 3, 2011 at 10:47 pm
Its ALL about money...... And there are no bigger douche-bags then the Fertittas ruining this sport as quickly as its rising. I mean, really....Machina SHOULD BE getting a pretty nice pack-check....dontcha think? He 'only' retire Captain America and gave the tooth-fairy a errand to run when Lyoto knocked out Randys k-9. And seriously....who would you rather watch fight anyways? Anderson or Lyoto? Im going with Lyoto.
Todd M- October 3, 2011 at 9:38 pm
^ LOL @ carlosnag
carlosnag- October 3, 2011 at 4:37 pm
Why do you do this? You're always defaming Lyoto. Does you work for Dana or is just a smarmy? Machida is a Man. He can say whatever he wants!
just some dong- October 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm
Sure, he's only a former champ. Who would want to see him fight.
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danomite- October 3, 2011 at 10:35 am
Damn Ben, only 39th most hated person by DW? Looks like we've got some work to do.
Fried Taco- October 3, 2011 at 10:11 am
And what happened to the Bas Rutten technique that showed up in my RSS feed for a few minutes?
Master_Betty- October 3, 2011 at 10:03 am
"Lyoto, who only fought once in 2001 at UFC 129"

Good editing.