Although Lyoto Machida’s official website indicates his next fight being September 2009 with a photo of Quinton Jackson below that notice, UFC president Dana White says that he is not slated for the UFC 103 fight card expected for September.
“Not true,” said White when asked if Machida was scheduled to fight at UFC 103.
“He will fight. We’re working on it right now. As soon as it’s signed, I’ll announce it… which I’m hoping will be (Thursday or Friday).”
With White posting a photo on his Twitter account of himself meeting with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on Tuesday, and Thursday’s announcement of Quinton Jackson and Rashad Evans coaching on TUF 10 and fighting in December, current speculation is pointing at a bout between Shogun and Machida. Such a bout would likely take place late this summer or early fall.
But again, at this point, that is purely speculation at this point.