UFC 140: Lyoto Machida dealing with sickness before Jon Jones fight?

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Time for a little graveyard water cooler chit-chat, Maniacs.

Word on the street is Lyoto Machida, who will fight Jon Jones tonight (Sat., Dec. 10, 2011) for the light heavyweight championship at UFC 140 in Toronto, is feeling under the weather.

Jordan Breen from Sherdog dishing the dirt:

Also, word round the campfire here in Toronto is that Machida is battling a cold, flu, pneumonia, or some other such thing. Pretty much been holed up in his room moreso than usual. We'll see if that ultimately amounts to anything.

Naturally, talk like this should be taken with a grain of salt. I can't count how many times I've had folks hit my e-mail inbox with something along the lines of -- "I'm in Toronto for the fights, heard GSP had a tough weight cut." He, of course, made weight without incident and went on to win his fight with no issues.

But, I've also gotten e-mails that said, "Hey, in Jersey, Rashad's limping around with a bum knee, word is Jones is going to get offered the title shot if he beats Bader tonight." All of which turned out to be true.

My point? Let's just take this for what it is: a potentially meaningful tidbit that could also be nothing more than general misinformation. After all, Machida looked and sounded just fine at the weigh-ins.

Anyone got any inside info they care to share? Danago, any word?

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