UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones will defend his 205-pound title in the main event of UFC 140, currently scheduled for Dec. 10, 2011, at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, according to UFC President Dana White's official Twitter account.
But it won't be against Rashad Evans.
That's because "Suga" recently had surgery to remove pins from his reconstructed hand following his UFC 133 win over Tito Ortiz last August. The timing of the surgery, as well as the mandatory recuperation period, prohibited Evans from starting a training camp in time to make the Dec. 10 contest.
Enter "The Dragon."
Former division champion Lyoto Machida, who knows a thing or two about ruling the 205-pound roost, will bring his elusive style to try and combat the unorthodox offense of the lanky Jones, who to date has looked virtually unstoppable inside the cage.
You know the old cliche ... "styles make fights."
Machida hasn't seen the inside of a cage since his crane kick knockout of Randy Couture at the UFC 129 event back in April. He's been itching to get back into action and now has the chance to reclaim the strap he coughed up to "Shogun" Rua in their second encounter.
No word yet on whether or not he's getting "Anderson Silva" money to do it.
Let's hear your take on today's announcement, Maniacs. Is it unreasonable to think that Jones couldn't wait a few more weeks for Rashad's hand to heal? Or does he -- or someone inside the UFC -- not want them to fight under any circumstance?
Conspiracy? Or just unfortunate timing?