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UFC changes tune on top contendership at 205 pounds, adds Ryan Bader-Lyoto Machida back into the mix

The UFC’s decision to hand top contendership at 205 pounds to the winner of this weekend’s UFC on FOX 4 main event between Brandon Vera-Mauricio Rua left many fans confused about the possibility of either man earning a title-shot in spite of their recent struggles to find consistent success inside the Octagon. In fact, even light heavyweight champ Jon Jones admitted the move left him scratching his head.

However, it appears a slight change has been made in hopes of appeasing some members of the upset masses, as the UFC has gone back to their previously stated plan of allowing co-headliners Ryan Bader-Lyoto Machida into the sweepstakes as well.

“When the fans speak, we listen. So whoever scores the best win, whoever gets the fans excited by going out there on Saturday and looking the most impressive, he will get the winner of Jones vs. Henderson. It is down to what these four guys do Saturday night in the Octagon. Winning isn’t enough, they’ve got to win impressively. Any one of these four fighters can take things into their own hands and make a title shot happen,” said UFC President Dana White in a press release.

Though many folks would agree the addition of Bader/Machida is an improvement, neither man is necessarily completely deserving of a crack at the championship either. Bader is two-fights removed from back-to-back losses, including a one-sided stumble to Jones, while Machida has lost three of his last four fights with the lone victory involving a knockout of since-retired Randy Couture.

UFC on FOX 4 is scheduled to air on FOX this Saturday night starting at 8:00 PM EST.

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