My, how Lyoto Machida’s fortunes changed in a matter of days.
While Machida (18-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) initially was told his light-heavyweight bout didn’t have title implications at UFC on FOX 4, UFC President Dana White later opened it up to the former champ and his opponent, Ryan Bader (12-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC). Machida capitalized in a big way.
Full fight video highlights are now available of the bout.
UFC on FOX 4 took place at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, and Machida vs. Bader co-headlined the FOX-televised main card following prelims on FUEL TV.
While stuck in a 1-3 rut, the Machida of old made his return at UFC on FOX 4. The karate specialist was elusive and proved a hard-to-hit target for Bader, who struggled to close the distance to get the fight to the mat. His desperation attempt in the second round was met with Machida’s right hand, and the bout was over.
Afterward, White confirmed Machida, not main-event winner Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, will be next in line for the winner of UFC 151′s headliner between light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and challenger Dan Henderson.