The world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion tonight (April 30, 2012) passed along a report via Twitter.com that indicates a fight between The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 8 winner Ryan Bader against former division champion Lyoto Machida is on tap for UFC on Fox 4 this fall.
Bader is on a two-fight win streak after losing back-to-back bouts last year to Jon Jones and Tito Ortiz. Heading into the showdown with "Bones," Bader was considered to be among the brightest division prospects thanks to his powerful wrestling background and heavy hands.
With a recent three-round domination of former division champion, Quinton Jackson, in his most recent appearance at UFC 144, "Darth" is getting closer to regaining the juice that Jones squeezed dry back in Feb. 2011. And another solid performance over another former champion on national television will certainly get him one step closer to earning a rematch with Jones.
But, it's not going to be easy.
Machida, too, recently steered himself out of an uncharacteristic losing skid with a sensational front-kick knockout over Randy Couture back at UFC 129. Unfortunately, the taste of victory was short-lived because of an opportunity to challenge Jones for the belt he lost Mauricio Rua two years ago.
Jones ended the fight in dramatic fashion, wrapping his long arms around the throat of "The Dragon" in round two and securing a standing guillotine choke that put the Brazilian to sleep. It is certainly a memory that Machida would like to put in the rear-view mirror sooner rather than later. And there's no better way to do that than to get back inside the Octagon with a fighter who is equally as motivated to get back on top.
Nice match-making, fun fight.
UFC on Fox 4 is scheduled to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sat., Aug. 4, 2012. Hector Lombard vs. Brian Stann and Joe Lauzon vs. Terry Etim are the only other bouts penciled in for the Fox fight card card at this time.
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