Lyoto Machida may get a second shot at Jon Jones depending on Jones result against Hendo at UFC 151. Machida defeated Ryan Bader via second round KO at UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera in the co-main event.
Machida looked outstanding in the fight and utilized his range to set up the knockout. Bader was forced to rush in to close the range and ran straight into a fist.
Dana White did say that the fighter with the most impressive victory would earn the title shot and there is no doubt Machida was most impressive, but Machida’s game goes right into the strength of Jon Jones.
Machida likes to use his range to confuse opponents and it works against most fighters in the light heavyweight division. He would be at a huge disadvantage against Jones because the range of Jones is much longer than that of Machida.
We saw that in the first fight between Jones and Machida. Once Jones found the range and was able to utilize his strengths he choked Machida unconscious.
Shogun brought his name back into title contention with a TKO victory of Brandon Vera. The name didn’t do much, but if Machida didn’t overshadow the performance of Shogun then it would be his title shot instead of Machida’s. Instead Rua will have to take one or two more fights before earning a title shot, but in a weak 205 pound division he could earn his shot sooner.
Around the UFC:
Rory MacDonald is out of UFC 152 after sustaining a cut that required 38 stitches. Doctors said there was no way he could have properly trained and was forced to pull out of his bout with BJ Penn. No news on whether or not Penn will stay on the card, but MacDonald has already said he would like to take on Penn at UFC 154.
Junior Dos Santos will defend his belt on the year end card December 29.