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Lyoto Machida undergoes surgery following Yoel Romero loss, vows to keep fighting

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida dropped to middleweight in late 2013 and after a couple of impressive wins, took a complete nosedive, losing three of his next four.

That said, it's not like he's been fighting tomato cans.

But to accompany his two losses in 2015 is a pair of surgeries, the latter of which came after Yoel Romero pushed his face in during the UFC Fight Night 70 main event last weekend in Hollywood, Florida (watch it). "The Dragon" went under the knife to repair nasal damage and is expected to take some time off.

He won't, however, consider retirement, according to UFC Tonight.

Machida is still ranked in the top five of his division; however, he's about as far away from a title shot as you can get. Until he can start stringing together some big wins, the sands of mixed martial arts (MMA) time are running low for the 22-7 Brazilian, who turned 37 back in May.

Perhaps the loser of Michael Bisping vs. Thales Leites?

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