Another major match-up has been added to UFC on FOX 4 in the form of Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader, a fight pitting two competitors with drastically different styles against each other in a scrap sending the loser to the back of a fairly long line of contenders. Machida is known for his karate-based stand-up and underrated BJJ while Bader is an accomplished wrestler with one-punch knockout power in his fists.
Their bout was confirmed Monday night by UFC officials, making it the second announced outing for the August 4 card in as many days after the recent revealing of Brian Stann vs. Hector Lombard.
Machida is coming off a submission loss to Jon Jones, his third defeat in four previous pairings including a razor-thin decision to Quinton Jackson and TKO to Mauricio Rua. However, the stumbles are the only three of Machida’s career with the Brazilian holding an overall record of 17-3 with past wins over the likes of Rua, Randy Couture, Thiago Silva, Tito Ortiz, and Rashad Evans.
Like Machida, the 14-2 Bader’s only in-ring blemishes came against men who have held UFC gold (Jones/Ortiz). Since his shocking loss to Ortiz last July he has racked up back-to-back victories with his most recent involving an outpointing of Jackson at UFC 144.
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