Behind every great man there’s a great woman. Since UFC light heavyweight Lyoto Machida went dark immediately after rumors started circling about his future, the Brazilian MMA media went directly after the second-best possible source for additional info.
“He decided he would not be able to prepare in just three weeks,” Fabyola told Esporte (via Google Translate). “It was very short notice and has a number of factors that need to be analyzed. So he decided he will not fight.”
UFC 133 takes place August 6th inside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, which would give “The Dragon” exactly 24 days until showtime. Machida was last seen jamming is foot in Randy Couture’s mouth at UFC 129 this past April. He snapped his two-fight losing skid with the Steven Seagal-inspired strike.
It’s tough enough having to follow up a performance as spectacular as that one was, let alone having to do it at the 11th hour against a fellow former light heavyweight champion.
“The fight is close and for the sake of professionalism we cannot accept the fight,” Fabyola later shared with Clicrbs. “We always do our best, but lacks a few weeks and would not be fair to the fans a bad fight.”
So, the search for Phil Davis’ replacement continues. UFC president Dana White has already shot down the idea of Rich Franklin abandoning his co-main event fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira to headline opposite Evans.
No word if Little Nog was ever extended the same offer. However, it appears the company is intent on keeping “Suga” on the card.