Winner of Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson Gets UFC Title Shot

February 21, 2013
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Dan Henderson vs Lyoto Machida 478x270The winner of the UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche co-main event between Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson will get a title shot.

During the UFC 157 pre-fight press conference on Thursday, UFC president Dana White made the announcement.

“I love this fight.  Stylistically I think it’s a great fight.  Machida has his style where he lays back and counter-punches and Henderson is move forward.  He’s aggressive and in your face the entire time.  I think the fight is going to be a great fight, and this fight is all about the winner,” said White.  “The winner gets a shot at Jon Jones.”

Machida, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, has said leading up to the fight with Henderson that he felt the winner deserves a title shot.  The two are ranked as the top two contenders in the division by the official UFC Rankings.

“I believe, out of this fight, whoever wins should definitely be the contender for the title.  If we’re number one and number two then the title shot should definitely be on the line in this fight,” Machida said on a UFC 157 conference call last week.

Machida (18-3) lost to current champion Jon Jones at UFC 140, but he’s coming off of a knockout win over Ryan Bader.  He was offered a chance to rematch Jones on short notice, headlining UFC 152, but turned the fight down citing not having enough time to prepare.  Machida is now just one win away from getting another shot at the light heavyweight title.

Henderson (29-8) is riding a four-fight win streak.  The former Pride and Strikeforce champion was scheduled to face champion Jon Jones at UFC 151, but was forced out of the bout due to a knee injury.  He has to get past Machida to get back to a championship bout.

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  • joe choynski look it up

    Isnt Sonnen fighting Jones ? Does Dana know the outcome?

    • bajafox

      That’s what I was thinking. We all know Jones is the heavy favorite but let’s have the fight first and then say who the winner of this match will fight

    • kennybro

      to be fair, most of us think we know the outcome.

  • shakejunt

    poor gus

    • true…but a fight with gegard mousasi….is AWESOME, and it will make whoevers wins that match a killer, by the time they fan JJ(or the reflection of perfection)

      • Jerm137

        “reflection of perfection” ……..Love it!

  • Marc Livingood

    I pick Machida by knockout and Rousey by choke in the first round Faber by Decision

    • RondaKenPish

      that is how I see it too.

  • Anthony Lopez

    Wasn’t Dan Henderson, Lyoto Machida, and Alexander Gustafson all next in line for a title shot? When Dana says “this guy gets a title shot if he wins” it means nothing. Not saying the winner won’t fight for the belt, but I take nothing from this announcement.