Lyoto Machida’s KO Finish Earns Him Next Crack at UFC Light Heavyweight Championship

August 4, 2012
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Lyoto Machida at UFC 129UFC president Dana White said earlier this week that the winner between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Brandon Vera at UFC on Fox 4 would get the next crack at the UFC light heavyweight championship.

After much fan outcry, he then revised the plan to include co-main event fighters Lyoto Machida and Ryan Bader, dependent upon who put on the performance that UFC officials deemed worthy of the title shot.

White gave much praise to Vera for his efforts against Shogun in the main event, but didn’t feel that Shogun’s victory was impressive enough in defeating him to earn the title shot. That was, of course, in comparison to an outstanding finish by Machida in his bout, which was enough to garner the honors.

“I think Lyoto Machida looked the most impressive tonight,” White declared after all was said and done. “Lyoto Machida right now seems to have this fire in him. He wants it. He wants that title back.

“Everything I see in this guy’s performance, in the way that he acts, in the things that he says, shows me that he wants this title shot. And Lyoto, you’re gonna get it buddy.”

The question now becomes, who will Lyoto Machida face for the UFC light heavyweight championship?

Current champion Jon Jones puts his belt on the line against Dan Henderson on Sept. 1 at UFC 151 in Las Vegas. The winner of that fight will be the one that Machida lines up with next.

The former champion surely wants a chance at redemption, as well as, the belt, with a rematch against Jones, who defeated him at UFC 140 late last year. But for now, Machida will be happy enough knowing that he gets another crack at the belt that once was wrapped around his waist.


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  • RubeKegal

    Damn Straight! Rua and Vera looked like 2 gassed bums.

    • Lesnardo

      Rua looked like a gasses bum. He couldn’t dominate Vera.

      Vera was fighting for his life. I’ve never seen Vera that crazy before.

  • adriana

    Between the taunting hands, the facial expressions and the karate kicks, I was expecting Machida to let loose with a Stockton slap or some trash-talking! He looked like a Diaz tonight :)

    • RubeKegal

      I was happy, I can’t stomach Baders fighting style.

  • adriana

    did he have one of those tonight? I could not tell.

    • RubeKegal

      haha

  • adriana

    Seriously- he must not feel so great. all of that work to get taunted and picked apart then dropped. It may not have been the most “exciting” fight of the night, but Machida did his homework for sure. You could see the wheels turning in his head as he plotted Bader’s demise in the cage. He was a technical genius out there.

    • RubeKegal

      Agreed, I don’t know if it’s Machida’s genius or Baders horrible game plan…He literally sprinted in with NO HEAD MOVEMENT and tried throwing a big left.

    • Lesnardo

      Why do complicate the situation?

      Machida is a better fighter. His ability to time his strikes is superior to that of Bader. He saw an opening and knocked Bader out.

  • adriana

    Machida had him flustered, I believe, so Bader “jumped the gun”. That was Machida’s game plan which was perfect as Bader didn’t have a one of those either. Each strike and move for Machida was orchestrated. Bader was just out-classed all the way around.

  • adam1848

    I think you could have put any LHW in the world in there tonight except Bones and the same thing would have happened. The guy is the second best 205er on earth and he weighed in at 201. Unbelievable. As was said, the man is a MMA genius.

    • RubeKegal

      i think Machida is the guy to beat Anderson at 185

      • adam1848

        I’d like to see them fight as well, but they’d probably just dance around each other not wanting to hurt one another and it would be a lot of hype for nothing. But if nothing else, I’d like to see them switch weight classes. It would give both of them a new pool of opponents, and Anderson is bigger anyway. Or Anderson just needs to retire and let Machida take over 185. He has nothing more to prove in that class.

    • Lesnardo

      Lol. Machida beats a middle-of-the-pack fighter and he is now an MMA genius?

      There Jones is a notch or two ahead of everyone.

  • adriana

    We shall see what happens with a Bones and Machida (re)match up soon enough. No disrespect to Hendo, of course.

  • TSPakaTony

    Look jones is a beast, he took machida down and submitted him FairPlay. But a rematch means caution and possibly am upset shogun gassed tonight against a bum. In pride he was a one man army what’s changed ? Doping tests maybe however I totally respect shogun and think a fully fit 100% is a very dangerous guy will we see him I love UFC with a passion and been watching in GB for 10 yrs + c’mon do ASvsGSP awesome fight regardless of outcome