Lyoto Machida Has Successful Surgery

– According to, Lyoto Machida’s manager, Ed Soares confirmed that the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion had surgery on Friday. The doctor labeled the surgery as a complete success, and that the left hand will fully recover. Soares made comments on the status of Machida, here they are:



On When He Got Injured: “Lyoto’s hand has been actually injured for a while,” Soares said. “Before the fight with ‘Shogun,’ he went to the doctor, and he went to a special surgeon in Brazil. Basically, they say said that he was going to need surgery, but he didn’t want to cancel the fight. He just roughed it through this training camp. The hand has been bothering him for quite a while now. It was one of those situations. He just roughed through it.”

Is The Injury An Excuse?: “We’re not trying to make any excuses or anything,” Soares said. “We didn’t come out and say anything. We said Lyoto was 100 percent, which he was. But his injury has been bothering him for a while, so we went in and had the surgery, and they found bone spurs. They found a bone fragment down there. There were about four things the doctor said were causing him pain. Thank God they cleared him all up yesterday.”

On His training Status: “Lyoto can’t punch for at least six weeks, but most likely it will be about eight-to-ten weeks before he can start punching 100 percent. Most likely, he’ll be able to start training by mid-January.”

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