Lyoto Machida returns to the Octagon against Ryan Bader at UFC on Fox 4. Both these fighters will be hoping for another shot at Jon Jones in the future. The first task of course is to win this bout. You can watch the prelims on Fuel and the Main event on Fox, August 4th at 5pm/8:00pm PTET.
Back in May 2010 when Lyoto Machida entered the Octagon for a re-match against Mauricio Rua, his record stood at an imposing 16-0 and he seemed unstoppable. Rua put a stop to that invincibility making no mistakes and effectively beating Machida unconscious in the first round, taking his crown and putting an end to his unbeaten record.
Since then it’s been one win in four and that was against the veteran Randy Couture who was caught square on the nose from a spectacular front kick.
In a short period of time Machida had gone from being unbeaten to losing three out of his last four bouts.
The last of these was what must have been a humbling defeat to the all-conquering Jon Jones. Jones literally and controversially let Machida drop like unwanted litter after choking him out in round 2 of their championship battle. Machida had also suffered a very deep cut to his forehead and was covered in blood. It was not a good night for him.
So is this going to be a revitalized Machida or is the downward slide going to continue against a resurgent Ryan Bader?
Well, BetDSI have the odds on this one at:
Lyoto Machida -310
Ryan Bader +250
Before losing as they all seem to do, to Jon Jones; former ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ winner Ryan Bader was unbeaten in his 12 MMA bouts. Tito Ortiz then doubled his misery when claiming his first victory inside the Octagon in just under 5 years against Bader.
He must have been concerned for his UFC future but the UFC threw him a bone, a bout against Jason Brilz whose last fight had been a 20 second knockout loss to Vladimir Matyushenko. Brilz, like some sacrificial offering did not prove much of a problem for Bader who dispatched him via knockout in 1:17 of round 1.
The next bout was not to be such an easy task, as he would have to tackle Quinton “Rampage” Jackson a feat he managed via unanimous decision.
We should see a confident Bader ready to take the next step.
UFC on Fox 4 Pick: Machida is just too multi faceted for Bader, it might however go all the way and Machida will take a unanimous decision win. Either way, I don’t think these two have a hope against Jones!
By Alan Devonshire