Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Brandon Vera have some impressing to do. Lyoto Machida caught Ryan Bader coming in with a huge right, flooring the former Ultimate Fighter winner in the co-main event of UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera.
UFC president Dana White confirmed that the most impressive fighter to score a win in the co- and main event fights Saturday would secure a future title shot. Machida did his damage in the second round for his 18th career victory.
“‘The Dragon’s’ back,” Machida screamed to the crowd. “It feels very well.”
Machida used his exceptional karate skills to avoid taking any damage from Bader in the first. He bruised the body of Bader with several strong leg kicks, and even caught him a few times in the opening five minutes.
Machida is a former UFC light heavyweight champion who dropped the title to Rua. He was submitted by Jon Jones late in 2011 in a bout for the title.
Bader is now 14-3, with his three losses being stoppage defeats at the hands of Jones, Tito Ortiz and now Machida.