UFC on Fox 4 was supposed to showcase a top contenders match between Shogun Rua, and Brandon Vera, for a title shot against Jon Jones, but the fans spoke out, and Dana White listened, and decided to include Lyoto Machida, and Ryan Bader in that “top contenders” match-up category, basing the decision on who looked the most dominant.
No doubt Lyoto took top spot tonight, with a second round one punch finish of Bader, he got a title shot that he wasn’t even clamoring for. Shogun actually won by TKO, but it was in the fourth round, after Vera put up a surprisingly spry fight, pushing the pace, and forcing Shogun to admit in the post-fight interview that he wasn’t at his best and was gassed from the second round onward.
So Lyoto The Dragon Machida will face Jon Bones Jones next. I believe he has been the closest to underpining the champ, and still has the best shot of catching Jones with a quick punch or kick that could end his night.
What’s next for the other fighters? Where does Rua, Vera, and Bader go from here?