Lyoto Machida just earned a rematch with Jon Jones.
Oh, wait, sorry folks. With a big win over Ryan Bader at UFC on Fox 4, "The Dragon" earned the privilege of fighting the winner of Jones vs. Henderson.
After a first round that saw Machida controlling the distance and confusing Bader with some Steven Segal-inspired hand movement, the stage was set for one of the "The Dragon's" patented explosions.
We got it in the second round.
As Bader lunged forward in an attempt to close the distance on his opponent, Machida struck with precision and power, clipping Bader with a straight right hand that resulted in an early bedtime for "Darth."
Everybody knew that the most impressive victory between the co-main and main-event fighters would receive the title shot, so after Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Brandon Vera fought an entertaining, but sloppy four-round war, it was no shock that Dana White awarded the title shot to Machida for this brilliance.
Machida has already fought Jon Jones, and many people, myself included, feel that he's the only guy in the division who can beat "Bones" at the moment.
In their first encounter, Machida outstruck the champion in Round 1 before finding himself in the vice grip of Jones' guillotine in the second frame.
As is the case with any fighter, when "Bones" tangles his arms around you, it's tap out or pass out. Machida chose the latter, and Jones added another title defense to his belt.
Now that we know that Machida has the next shot at the light heavyweight strap, the only question is: Who will it be against?
Jones or Henderson? Who does Machida face, and who does he have the better chance against?
Let me know in a comment, and we will discuss!
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