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Wednesday, 08/08/2012, 12:57 pm

LHW Division: Recycled | UFC NEWS

By: Edward Fernandez

On UFC on Fox 4 we saw Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida knockout Ryan Bader in the second round, while Mauricio “Shogun” Rua struggled to finish Brandon Vera via TKO in the fourth.

Dana White made it clear that the fighter who won in the most impressive fashion would be facing the winner of Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson for the light heavyweight title.

However, fans have pointed out that Jon Jones already beat Machida, Bader, Rua, and Vera. In fact, he finished all four of those opponents in under three full rounds. Regardless, one of these fighters was promised a title shot with the champ. (Let’s just assume Jones beats Hendo for argument’s sake).

Fans seem to think that if Jones retains his title, Machida has “the best chance” out of everyone in the light heavyweight division of beating him. Sounds to me like Jones cleaned out the division and we’re just wishful thinking.

Dana White is trying to sell this fight in particular because Machida had the most success against Jones, actually hitting him a few times in the first round. Whoopdie Doo. Machida then proceeded to loose via unconsciousness in the second. That’s what you call a convincing victory, right? Apparently not.

Rematches are a tricky business. Anyone could beat anyone on any given night when you’re talking about the best in the world. Still, the UFC grants rematches for controversial decisions (Shogun vs Machida I), and nowadays they’re even granted for a champ that “believes” he won the fight (Edgar vs Benson). But what warrants a rematch? A close fight that ends up in a unanimous decision victory? Split decision? Flash KO? Unconsciousness?

Machida only had to fight one time before being granted a rematch, yet he didn’t even make it out of the second round with Jones. And let’s face it, if Bader didn’t beat an ailing Rampage, he wouldn’t even be considered a worthy opponent for the top 5 ranked former champ in Machida.

Machida basically did what the UFC wanted him to do, shoot a highlight reel KO finish to put on the next countdown episode opposite of Jones with that one cool sound effect. Boom.

Dana White has expressed his uncaring attitude towards fans not very excited with a Machida vs Jones rematch.

“Don’t watch it. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it.”

We all know we’re going to buy it, but thanks for the heart warming words.

In a dream world I would like to see Machida vs Shogun III. Since they both won this past weekend, and with a close decision victory for Machida in their first fight, and a Shogun KO victory in their second bout, a third fight is a rematch that actually makes some sense.

And if Jon Jones beats Dan Henderson who does he fight? I would like to see him do a super fight at heavyweight if he’s not willing to wait for the winner of Machida vs Shogun III. I think he’d be up for the challenge and we would all like to see it happen.

Jones has expressed his disinterest in having to face an opponent he already beat via Twitter. Who could blame him? After beating someone so decisively, I don’t think it’s that fair to have to go through another grueling training camp, unmotivated and unexcited, just to give someone a “puncher’s chance” at your chin and belt so quickly.

At least make Machida fight a top 5 opponent or a fresh gun like Glover Teixeira or Alexander Gustafsson one more time before recycling the entire light heavyweight division again.

All in all, this is one division I don’t think has any recyclable material just quite yet.

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