August 4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Lyoto Machida celebrates after knocking out Ryan Bader during the light heavyweight match at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
In the co-main event of UFC on Fox 4, Lyoto Machida earned a UFC light heavyweight title shot by knocking out Ryan Bader. Bader never really got into the fight at all, lumbering around the cage and not being able to figure Machida out. While charging in to land a punch in the second round, Bader's strike was easily swatting away by Machida and The Dragon landed a picture-perfect right that collapsed Bader to the mat, unconscious.
Machida will now face the winner of the Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson bout at UFC 151. He recently fought Jones for the title at UFC 140, but got submitted in the second round with a standing guillotine. Shogun Rua also picked up a win in his main event bout, but UFC president Dana White deemed Machida's KO to be more impressive.
What was the high spot of this fight?
The knockout. It was an absolute thing of beauty.
Where do these guys go from here?
It's pretty obvious where Machida goes - to the main event of a future card against either Henderson or Jones. I actually thought he was going to coach TUF Brazil 2 against Shogun, but a somewhat-division got him a title shot instead.
Who knows where Bader goes from here. It's clear that he's a step below the best of the best at 205, but he is still a very good fighter against most competition. I'd like him to fight Forrest Griffin, but I doubt that happens.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Now. The first round was typical Machida elusiveness, but the knockout was amazing.
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