UFC president Dana White placed some added importance on the two light heavyweight matches that will take place August 4 at UFC on Fox 4. In an email to Fox Sports, White disclosed that Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Lyoto Machida or Ryan Bader could become the next challenger.
Current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is set to defend his title against Dan Henderson on September 1 at UFC 151.
“These fighters have a huge opportunity to show the world why they deserve to fight for the UFC title next,” White wrote. “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.”
Jones has already defeated all three fighters, winning the title from Rua, defending it against Machida, and topping Bader to secure his championship match. All three bouts were stoppage victories for “Bones.”