Former Ultimate Fighter winner Ryan Bader knows what is at stake for him tonight against Lyoto Machida. Bader and Machida will collide in the co-main event of UFC on FOX 4. It has been determined that the most convincing winner between the headliner between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua-Brandon Vera and the Bader-Machida will receive the next shot at the UFC light heavyweight title.
When asked who he would rather face, Bader didn’t mince any words, stating his desire laid strongly with meeting with Jones for a second time. Jones submitted Bader early in 2011 to secure himself a shot at Rua for the belt.
“Jones would be nice because it is a little redemption,” said Bader yesterday during Fuel TV’s coverage of the weigh-ins. “I’ve lost to him before. All respect to him. All respect to Henderson, too. Even fighting Henderson would be amazing.”
Bader, however, was quick to add, “I am focused on this fight. I have a tough fight ahead of me.”
In Machida, “Darth” will be facing his third former UFC light heavyweight champ in his past four fights. Along with falling to Jones, he also was defeated by Tito Ortiz last year. Bader has since rebounded with wins over Jason Brilz and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
UFC on FOX 4 kicks off tonight on FOX at 8:00 PM EST with prelims airing on Fuel TV leading up to the event.
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