Fans of Mauricio Rua, Lyoto Machida, and Ryan Bader all got a dose of good news today when it was revealed that one of the three will emerge from UFC on FOX 4 with a title-shot in tow. Rua is scheduled to face Brandon Vera in the evening’s headlining slot while Machida-Bader will collide in the co-main event.
FoxSports confirmed the situation today with UFC President Dana White who explained, “These fighters have a huge opportunity to show the world why they deserve to fight for the UFC title next. Winning isn’t enough at UFC on FOX. This division is so competitive these fighters have to look great to separate themselves from the pack.”
Rua is believed to be in the driver’s seat and is first in line if he finishes Vera in a dominant fashion with Machida-Bader receiving consideration in the event “Shogun” loses or looks sloppy.
Interestingly, current champion Jon Jones has beaten all three of the contenders in recent years, finishing the trio in their respective encounters. However, if Jones falls to Dan Henderson at UFC 151 it would create a scenario either treating the world to a rematch with Rua or an entirely new match-up for “Hendo” in the form of Machida-Bader.
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