UFC on Fox 4 Draws Ryan Bader vs. Lyoto Machida

April 30, 2012
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Ryan Bader vs Lyoto MachidaRyan Bader and Lyoto Machida attempt to get back in the title hunt when they square off at UFC on Fox 4 on Aug. 4 in Los Angeles.

The UFC confirmed the fight via its official Twitter account on Monday.

Bader (14-2) had been rocketing through the light heavyweight ranks after capturing top honors on The Ultimate Fighter’s season 8. He ran up a record of 12-0 before running into another rising star in now UFC champion Jon Jones; then was upset by Tito Ortiz at UFC 132.

Bader rebounded at UFC 139 with a win over Justin Brilz. He followed that up with a unanimous decision victory over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson earlier this year in Japan.

Machida (17-3) is still in the midst of the roughest patch of his career, however. Although he won and defended the UFC light heavyweight championship in 2009, things have since taken a nosedive.

“The Dragon” has lost three of his last four bouts, albeit to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Rampage, and Jon Jones, respectively. His lone victory during that stretch was a spectacular front kick knockout of UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture.

There has been no announcement of the UFC on Fox 4 main event, although Machida vs. Bader could be a candidate. Former Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard will make his Octagon debut against Brian Stann on the Aug. 4 fight card.

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  • Machida by elusiveness

    • Booker T

      Machida is a washed up has been. Never was that good. Love the way Jones dropped him to the floor after the choke.

      • juniorbra

        Never was that good??? Please the guy was the champ, record of 17 wins and 3 losses????? My friend I can tell you that you are new in this sport!!!! Please learn more about MMA.

      • b-soc

        He’s far from a washed up has been. He’s definitely a threat in the division. I’ll give you the Jones submission – that was one of the best walk away drop opponent submissions of all time.

      • phrankthetank

        You’re on drugs

      • Booker must be new to the sport.

        • Lesnardo

          He is so new that he didn’t even experience the Machida era.

          Machida would be fighting Shogun for the belt had Jones not come into picture.

          I see Bader getting schooled.

          • phrankthetank

            For the record, the “machida era” consisted of knocking out Evans, getting a bullsh*t decision over shogun, then getting knocked out by shogun. Regardless, machida is talented as hell

          • michida turned down the sho gun fight cause he wanted to be paid like anderson silva and the ufc said **** that and they made the right choice cause look at jones now.

          • Lesnardo

            naw. Machida era is only knocking out Evans. The prelude consists of wooping Sokoudju and Thiago Silva and epilogue consists of Robbing Shogun and eventually getting owned.

      • KBEsq

        Yeah, I think it’s safe to say you’re an idiot. The guy has beat some tough competition convincingly, and really only lost to Shogun and Jones (he totally beat Rampage).

        • phrankthetank

          He beat rampage for the 3rd rd, he barely lost the 1st 2

          • RubeKegal

            He won rounds 1 and 3 vs Rampage clearly. Rampage didn’t land shit all fight.

          • Lesnardo

            Rampage lost the fight.

          • phrankthetank

            I disagree, I gave rampage two close rounds and a fairly dominant 3rd for machida.

          • KBEsq

            Honestly, I actually agree with you if you judge the fight by round, but I think fights should be scored as a whole, like they did in Pride.

            Yeah, Rampage “technically” beat Machida, but he did so by literally edging the first two rounds by a hair, and then he got dominated in the third. Even though those are loses, I don’t consider them loses in the sense that you should judge Machida’s ability negatively.

          • phrankthetank

            I never said I liked it, but with the way judging works in MMA these days that’s how I saw it. That fight was a testament to the merit of a half point system. However, machida should have turned it on before the 3rd round. The loss is his own fault.

      • DrkDisciple

        News flash Bader is far from being a Bones Jones!

  • phrankthetank

    I really like this fight. A top level wrestler should give machida problems, but machida is a beast

    • Lesnardo

      Umm..no. Top level wrestlers don’t give Machida problems.

      Machida has strong balance. I doubt Bader could catch him.

      I see UD Machida after running around or I see Machida win via KO in the 2nd round.

      • phrankthetank

        1st off, we’ve never seen a top wrestler try to take machida down so how can you say with certainty that wrestlers won’t give him problems? Machida is dangerous because he is elusive. If bader can put him on his back he loses that advantage. I said a top wrestler SHOULD give him problems, didn’t say it was a sure thing.

        • Lesnardo

          I mean I agree. You just want to see exciting fights. And since Machida has never faced an elite wrestler why not match him up against Bader who also needs to step up in competition.

          But you gotta realize three things. First, for some reason American fans (and DW and American fighters for that matter) give unwarranted praise to elite wrestling. Is his an All-American? Oh then he should do well as long as he doesn’t suck like Aaron Simpson.

          Second, Machida has extremely good takedown defense and Bader is extremely one-dimensional.

          Third, I am not a big Bader fan.

          • phrankthetank

            Wrestling has the ability to neutralize a fighter. Wrestlers are also freakishly strong due to years of throwing grown men around, and if they develop stand up, it’s a tough fight for anyone. Look at Liddell, GSP, jones, Hughes, Evans, Fitch, koscheck, Hendricks, sonnen, the list goes on and on. I’m not a fan of lay and pray artists but a strong wrestling base gives a fighter the ability to dictate where the fight takes place. Liddell used his wrestling to keep the fight standing, sonnen uses it for GnP, koscheck used to use it just for lay and pray. GSP uses it to put a fighter wherever they are least comfortable. It’s hard to deny that wrestlers have an edge.

          • Lesnardo

            None of the guys you mentioned are pure wrestlers although they’ve developed a great wrestling skills through the years.

            The pure wrestlers are: Brock, Coleman, Cain, Bader, Sonnen, King Mo, Joe Warren, Aaron Simpson, Randleman, Couture, Hendo, Lindland..etc. People that have won titles at the collegiate or international level.

          • phrankthetank

            What?? Fitch, Hendricks, Evans, Liddell, sonnen, koscheck all NCAA div 1 wrestlers.
            Sonnen was an Olympic alternate
            Koscheck 4 time all american
            Jones has high school and junior college wrestling accolades.
            The only guy on that list who didn’t start as a wrestler is GSP.

          • maddawgmar

            In my opinion, Bader is not an elite wrestler. Henderson, GSP, hell even Lesnar, those are elite wrestlers. Nader is a goof wrestler. Let me throw one more name. Randy Couture is an elite level MMA wrestler and he couldn’t wrap up Machida. Bader isnt gonna do sh*t.

          • Lesnardo

            Sorry. Didn’t read the names carefully. Just say GSP and Hughes and didn’t see Sonnen Hendricks Koscheck..etc..

            Let me ask you this. Of all the champions UFC ever had, how many of them were Div-1 all-american or better?

            Randleman, Coleman, Randy,Brock, Cain





            What happen to Koscheck, Hendricks, Sonnen, Bader, Aaron Simpson,..etc (you know who I am referring to)?

            But then, I have to agree that wrestlers won more titles than any other discipline. Karate only has 1 (4 if you include Chuck, GSP, and Mir..but karate was more like their first martial arts rather than their only martial arts). Lyoto comes from karate but 90% of his training evolves around boxing, kickboxing, BJJ, and wrestling.

        • Lesnardo

          Also what about Evans, Ortiz, or Randy? Are you gonna say (a) Evans is a top wrestler but not an elite wrestler, (b) Ortiz didn’t even wrestle in college or if he did then only at local shows, and (c) Randy was over-the-hill so it doesn’t matter.

          • phrankthetank

            Evans stood and traded, Tito is well past his prime, and randy didn’t do what he trained to do for that fight. I was cageside watching randy train days before the fight and he did NONE of what he planned to do. You can chalk that up to machida overwhelming him though.

          • Lesnardo

            You are aware that there was an Olympic gold medalist in the UFC many years ago. He got subbed by Frank Shamrock.

            Just to let you know.

          • phrankthetank

            I never said wrestlers win every fight, I just said they have an edge

  • natpaukar7

    I think with out Silva coming up to 205 Machida is second only to Jon Jones…he looked good against Jones in round 1 but obviously…you know the rest…I would like to see that eventual rematch…I think Jones has some of the intimidation factor because Machida beat Rashad far worse than Jones did…I understand this sport is not a transitive property kind of sport…either way Machida is awesome…


      i wanna see Machida vs Evans rematch, then we will see who is number 2 at 205!

      • thats the fight that should of happen i think.. also due to the fact they both just lost to the scarecrow bones jones haha.

      • Lesnardo

        How is Machida vs Evans for #2 when Shogun and Hendo are still out there?

        • phrankthetank

          Agreed, machida has lost 3 of his last 5 (should be 4) albeit all against top competition, he still isn’t in the running for no. 2 status right now. I think the mmaweekly rankings have it dead on. Jones, Evans, Hendo, shogun, machida.

  • KBEsq

    Whoever wins this fight will revitalize their career. I think Machida has this all the way. He has better stand up, and strong wrestlers cannot keep him down.

    • phrankthetank

      What strong wrestlers have tried to take machida down?

      • Lesnardo

        Randy, Evans, Tito.

        But I know you are gonna say, (a) Randy is too old and is greco rather than double leg takedown type of guy, (b) Evans is not an elite wrestler and his double legs are not as powerful as Bader’s, and (c) Tito just sucks.

        • phrankthetank

          The key words are “have tried to take him down”. I didn’t say he hasn’t fought tough wrestlers.

      • KBEsq

        The fact that he has fought strong wrestlers and hasn’t been taken down is enough, regardless if there was an attempt. In fact, I would argue that the fact that there was no attempt speaks even louder of his ability to not be taken down.

        There’s a reason the wrestlers didn’t even try to take him down (and Evans did try to take him down), but it says something that wrestlers can’t even get in a comfortable enough stance to want to shoot.

        • phrankthetank

          Randy didn’t look comfortable out there, true. Tito is a write off, and Evans wanted to stand and bang, after he got KOed he went back to his wrestling for future fights.

        • Lesnardo

          Correct. Days of Mark Coleman shooting across the cage ended when Crocop stuffed every takedown and gave him a wooping.

  • ryukyublack

    wow, b4 you say any pro fighter is “washed up” or”was never any good”‘ DO YOUR HOMEWORK CUZ You MAKE YOURSELF APPEAR IGNORANT. Suggest you look at Machida’s accomplishments during UFC career AND B4! He was the only loss on Rich Franklin’s record for a long time, and he beat BJ Penn in a great fight which could have gone either way. How many “wasn’t that good” fighters have beat BJ Penn, Rich Franklin, Shogun, Couture, Evan, and T Silva?????


    • Lesnardo

      Only one. That is Lyoto.

      You are aware that the clown above only posted one comment. He has received 10 replies.

      Keep feeding the troll guys.

  • Towers66

    Setting Bader up to be a gate keeper. I think Machida will get a couple big strikes in and stay way out of Bader’s comfortable zone. This fight will be interesting to watch but I don’t see Machida losing. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a highlight reel KO via karate kick or some shit.

    • Lesnardo

      I agree. Bader is too one-dimensional. He is too much of a nice guy too. He doesn’t have the killer instinct like someone these Brazilian boys.

  • I don’t think Bader stands a chance in this fight. His striking skills are elementary at best and I don’t see him being able to catch Machida to secure a take down. I wanted to see a Shogun Machida 3 but I guess it will be on hold for now. They could possibly be TUF Brazil season 2 coaches if things work right in the fall.

    Check out this article http://www.ufcfightblogger.com/news/lyoto-machida-face-ryan-bader-august-ufc-fox-4/

  • lycan

    lyoto washed up…….. im done with mma after reading that

    • Lesnardo

      It’s just the moron above. He is the type of guy who thinks you are either a champion or a washed-up-was-never-good tomato can.

      According to his logic Cain is washed up and was-never-that-good.

    • phrankthetank

      That’s a dedicated fan right there.

  • are you serious? your done after reading a post? you were never an mma fan then. GTFO and never come back!

  • just throwing this out there…. machida turned down the title fight with sho gun and so did fat ass rampage J. Machida era?? not so much. Machida is and always will be one of the best but call me a nut hugger JONES is the shit at lhw. He’s next fight will be one of the biggest tests ever in Hendo! But the the thing that lyoto, rampage, forrest, rashad all lack is defending there title. lyoto did once to sho gun but that was a robbery hand down sho gun won the first fight. all in all lyotot is a beast buut i dont see him wearing ufc gold again. unless silva leaves the sport and lyoto moves to MW. haha

  • ryanstewart

    again some of the disrespectful comments are amazing. all you guys that talk badly about Machida, espically the guy calling him a “washed up has been” I’d like to see you strap the gloves on and fight him. With that out of the way, Here are my thoughts. I really like Machida’s defense. It’s second to none. He will need every bit of it and then some to get by Bader. So I’m pickig Bader by KO or TKo.He’s a young gun that has dynamite in his hands. Great ground game and might try to get into Machida’s head. Good luck to both of them.

  • adam1848

    I agree Lyoto will probably win this fight, but I think it is wrong to sleep on Bader. Machida is a natural 85er and Bader is huge and knows how to cut properly. He has the raw strength and athleticism to give anyone problems on a good night. I know every fight is important, but this one is of particular significance because, as someone already said, a W will revitalize the winner’s career and put them back in the conversation, whereas the loser has a lot of ground to make up. I just hope the Machida that fought Thiago and Rashad shows up and the guy who toyed with Rampage and Tito for 15 minutes stays home.

    • Lesnardo

      Machida is NOT a natural 85er. Bader has a big upper body but skinny legs compared to Lyoto. Also smaller head.