August 4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; An Octagon girl circulates the Octagon during the heavyweight match at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
UFC on Fox 4: "Shogun vs. Vera" took place last night (Sat., Aug. 4, 2012) from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, featuring Mauricio Rua turning in a solid if unspectacular performance in a fourth round stoppage victory over Brandon Vera.
But he didn't earn a title shot.
Instead, that honor went to Lyoto Machida, who impressed his bosses the most with a thunderous one-punch knockout of Ryan Bader in the second round of their co-main event bout.
Other action on the card saw Joe Lauzon submit Jamie Varner in a "Fight of the Year" candidate while Mike Swick returned to action with a monster knockout of DaMarques Johnson.
A photo gallery (via US Presswire) is available for your viewing pleasure after the jump. For complete results and blow-by-blow coverage of all the night's action click here.
Mauricio Rua vs. Brandon Vera
Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader
Joe Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner
Mike Swick vs. DaMarques Johnson
Wagner Prado after getting poked in the eye by Phil Davis
All photos by Gary S. Vasquez via US Presswire.