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Anderson and Machida pass on UFC 108

For a few seconds, it looked like fate had conspired to make the UFC’s year end show the biggest since they started the practice in 2006 with Chuck vs Tito 2. On top of Anderson Silva vs Vitor Belfort for the middleweight belt, the card got extra oomph when the flu added Brock Lesnar vs Shane Carwin to it. We were also teased with the possibility of that Machida / Shogun rematch making it on there, depending on whether Machida could recover from his decisive win fast enough.

CSAC medical suspensions made that look unlikely, and now we have the 100% official confirmation that Machida won’t be fighting, not because of that nasty lip cut he was suspended for, but because of an operation he just had to remove bone spurs from his hand, the same kind of operation Anderson Silva recently had on his elbow. Which, by the way, has just resulted in his fight with Vitor Belfort being canceled:

There was speculation that Silva may be holding off because he doesn’t want to fight Belfort. His camp truly doesn’t believe that Belfort is deserving of a UFC middleweight title shot, but that’s merely a difference of opinion says Soares. They don’t turn down fights and fully expect Belfort to be Silva’s next opponent when he is ready to return “by the end of the first quarter” of 2010.

“He’s a guy who is coming off of wins and if that’s who they want to put in front of us, put him in front of us. We want to fight the best and if that’s who they think the best is, then great,” Soares stated.

“We do think it’s going to be a good fight. Vitor is a dangerous guy.”

The camp has known Machida needed surgery even before he fought Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to a controversial unanimous decision victory at UFC 104, but they make no excuses that the champ felt anything less than “100 percent” going into the bout.

“Lyoto said, ‘Hey, I’m not gonna have surgery until after the fight. I’ll rough it through,’” relayed Soares.

So that leaves the UFC’s Ultimate year end show looking pretty damned shallow all over again. Now I don’t wanna get all pissy about guys getting operations, but this fucking sucks. Normally this would be one of those blip stories, but man. It’s just been one kick in the sack after another lately, with big fights finding all sorts of wacky ways not to happen. I’m starting to think using that creepy monkey’s paw to wish for an amazing UFC 100 wasn’t such a wise idea after all.