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Surgery for Lyoto Machida, But That Doesn’t Mean Retirement

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At the UFC’s most recent Fight Night this past Saturday, Lyoto Machida suffered a devastating loss at the hands of middleweight monster Yoel Romero. With the two in a clinch, Romero scored a quick takedown and immediately unleashed several vicious elbows and knocked out Machida. So brutal was the finish in fact, that it took Machida suffered a broken nose and it took him some minutes to get back to his feet. In the aftermath of the event, Machida’s manager Ed Soares released a statement on his Twitter and Instagram accounts that Machida had surgery on his nose and that it had gone better than anticipated. He ended his release by thanking the fans and by saying “The Dragon will be back!”

The last line is of particular interest, as there have been calls from some quarters since Saturday that Machida should retire. Although it’s true that he has lost his last two fights and has taken quite a lot of damage in them, the short turnaround between the two fights was a worry for some and it appears that Machida is going to take a longer break in between fights this time to let his body fully recover. At 37, the Brazilian is into what are likely the final few years of his competitive MMA career and, particularly if he headlines cards in Brazil, the fan favourite can still create a buzz around his fights.

On UFC Tonight last night, after news of Machida’s successful surgery and future intentions were discussed, the current UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier had an interesting suggestion for Machida. “DC” thinks that he should take a long break from competition and, when he comes back, not to fight at middleweight and put his body through the cut to 185 pounds, but to return to the 205 pounds light heavyweight division where Machida once held the UFC title. It’s a move that will make sense to many, as it is unknown how much the weight cut to reach the 185 limit takes out of Machida at his age. There are also a number of match-ups for Machida that would likely interest him and fans alike at light heavyweight too, probably none more so than a potential trilogy fight with former rival Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

The MMA community will have to wait and see where Machida and his team go from here, but Machida clearly does not want to end his career now and here’s to wishing “The Dragon” a speedy recovery from injury.

 

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James Gallagher out of Bellator 187 in Dublin due to injury

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Irish fans will have to wait a little longer to see James Gallagher fighting on home soil after Gallagher suffered a knee injury in preparation for his main event fight with Jeremiah Labiano in Dublin next month. This bad news was first reported by MMAFighting.com.

The 20-year-old from Strabane co. Tyrone who trains in the famous SBG gym with Conor McGregor and Gunnar Nelson among others has set the featherweight division alight since joining Bellator in 2016.  James “The Strabanimal” Gallagher has gone 3-0 with all three of his wins coming by rear naked choke.

After submitting Chinzo Machida, the brother of former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida in Madison Square Garden Gallagher has become a budding star for Bellator.

Due to the youngster’s attitude and potential, many comparisons between Gallagher and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor have been made by the fans and media which has made Gallagher one of Bellator’s most recognizable names. This notoriety has ultimately led to the young Irishman getting a chance to headline in Dublin this November but this injury has delayed his rise for the time being.

Gallagher on social media Thursday stated that he has suffered an injury to his PCL and LCL in his knee and would be out for the remainder of the year. He has assured fans we would return next year and carry on where he started with “The Jimmy show.”

His longtime rival AJ McKee, who has engaged in a Twitter war with Gallagher after his last fight, will now headline Bellator 187 in the 3 Arena in Dublin on November 10th against Gallagher’s SBG teammate Brian Moore. Moore will be making his third appearance for Bellator in this featherweight clash.

 

 

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UFC 216: Paige VanZant Pulls Out of Fight with Jessica Eye

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The UFC 216 card looks to have suffered a major blow as Paige VanZant has been pulled from the card citing a back injury, per Ariel Helwani.

VanZant (7-3) has not fought since losing to Michelle Waterson back in December 2016 and was scheduled to make her Flyweight debut against the unranked Jessica Eye.

As of, MMA Fighting, the number 10 ranked UFC Strawweight suffered an intervertebral disc injury whilst training jiu-jitsu, and was advised by her doctor to miss training for a few weeks.

Not only is this a major blow for VanZant as she looks to regain some momentum following her last outing, but it must be considered a huge blow for the UFC as VanZant is a popular figure who can contribute significantly to the buy rate.

Eye (11-6) will also be feeling hard done by on this occasion, as this marks the second time in a row her opponent has pulled out of scheduled bout, she was looking to make things right after suffering four defeats in a row.

The injury will not require surgery so there is a possibility of rescheduling the contest for a later date, although nothing has yet been mentioned. It remains to be seen whether Eye will wait, or ask to be rescheduled with a new opponent.

UFC 216 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on October 7th and is headlined by Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee for the Interim Lightweight Championship, it also features UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson as he takes on Ray Borg in his record eleventh title defence.

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Germaine de Randamie out of UFC Fight Night 115

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Former UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion Germaine de Randamie has been forced out of next weeks Fight Night event in Rotterdam. The Dutch fighter was set to fight Marion Reneau in the UFC’s return to the Netherlands. The news was first reported by MMA Junkie.

‘GDR’ won the Women’s Featherweight belt back in February after beating former Women’s bantamweight champion, Holly Holm. The kickboxer won the fight by a controversial decision after punching Holm after the bell in two rounds. Germaine also injured her hand in the fight and announced shortly after that she would need surgery. GDR never ended up getting the surgery and that same injury has now forced her out of the upcoming fight.

Germaine ended up getting her title stripped a few months later after she refused to defend the belt against the now current champion, Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino. She told many reporters that she considered Cyborg a cheater after she ended up failing a drug test for performance enhancing drugs. After a lot of backlash from both fans and fighters, the UFC stripped her title and made a new title fight at UFC 214 between Cyborg and Tonya Evinger. Cyborg ended up winning the fight by TKO in the 3rd round.

The UFC plan on keeping her former opponent Marion Reneau on the card and are currently searching for a replacement opponent. Reneau is currently coming off of a majority draw against Brazilian fighter Bethe Correia. Reneau’s biggest win so far in the UFC is against Jessica Andrade in a fight she won by submission via triangle choke.

The card is currently headlined by a heavyweight fight between Stefan Struve and Alexander Volkov. The card takes place on September 2nd in Rotterdam, Netherlands and will stream exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.

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