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“The Dragon” returns: Lyoto Machida Vs. Ryan Bader set for UFC on FOX 4!


By Chase Raymond:

Just announced on the UFC twitter page; a light heavyweight Showdown between Lyoto Machida (17-3 MMA) vs. Ryan Bader (14-2 MMA) will take place in August at the UFC on FOX event.

Lyoto Machida is coming off a tough loss, where he gave the current Light Heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones a lot of trouble until he was caught in a standing guillotine and put to sleep. Prior to the Jones defeat Machida had only lost on two separate occasions.

Many think of Ryan Bader as one of the rising stars in the LHW division and is coming off of two big wins against Jason Brilz and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

With great wrestling and knockout power, Bader will have a true test against one of the most elusive fighters in MMA today, Lyoto Machida. We will get to see a focused and determined Machida because he cannot afford another loss at this point in his career. Ryan Bader was on his way to a fast pass to a title fight before being derailed when Tito Ortiz submitted him in the upset of the year. Two men with much to lose and even more to gain will go to war live on FOX this August.

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68 Comments to “The Dragon” returns: Lyoto Machida Vs. Ryan Bader set for UFC on FOX 4!

  1. Clay says:

    Yesss I got the dragon by decision

  2. A.James says:

    Damn, Bader is going to get f’ed up!!!

  3. Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

    Wtf do they want Gus to have an easy road to a title shot? He needed to fight either of these opponents, mainly Bader.

    • andy says:

      +1 My exact thoughts. I though Gus/Bader would be perfect for both guys. Personally I think this is an all-around shit match up for Bader.

      • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

        The UFC doesn’t want a reason to cut Machida so they gave him this easy match up. Gus vs Bader would have been a good test for Gus to see his growth but also Gus vs Machida would and still could be a great striking match up.

        • Xaninho says:

          lol cut Machida? He’s not on a losing streak he lost a title fight bro ;)

        • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

          What kind of idiot would say “cut Machida” The reason UFC isn’t matching up Gus with Bader is because he is a wrestler and they know thats his weakness. Phil davis exposed Gus but everyone seems to have forgot that and are calling for Jones vs Gus which he isn’t ready for by a longshot. Yes Gus is now training his wrestling with Phil Davis but it takes along time to catch up. No different than why UFC won’t match up Bisping with Vitor, Lombard, Munoz, Palharis. Speaking of wrestlers i have made an observation which i think shows complete BIAS by fans and judges. why is it so many fighters lose matches all the time in very close fights when they get taken down regardless if they jump right back up but in ALL Bisping fights he will get taken down time and time again sometimes 5-6 times a fight but even though his opponents have landed as many or more punches (according to compustrike) that suddenly only in Bisping fights takdowns just don’t seem to count. Its like if Bisping just survives that means no matter what he won. I ask all for all newbs please take time to go back and watch Bisping vs Hamill. Dana white says that he still gets more shit from fans about that fight than any other. Gee i wonder why everyone knows the UFC wanted Bisping to win on his home turf (along with corrupt judges looking to score points with dana) That fightw as a 3 round blowout easily 30-27 Bisping was battered and bloodyed up and taken down more times than you can count and chased up and down the cage the entire fight. That fight was Bispings second worse loss behind Hendo.

        • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

          @Xaninho

          You’re right, I’m making a fool of myself. Must have been wishful thinking. I want to see a new Machida in this fight. I’m tired of prancing Machida. Bader has KO power watch out, he rocked Rampage in their last fight!

          @GET RID OF FITCH (forever)

          You should change your name to
          GET RID OF FITCH, BISPING & TRT(forever)

  4. james says:

    Lyoto 1st round tko

  5. sykoMMA says:

    Bader will use his wrestling to control the match to win by decision

    • Joel says:

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  6. danielrchargers says:

    Lyoto has more drive to get up if taken down. RAMPAGE was hurt so bader got lucky with his wrastlin.

  7. Blake says:

    Leyto is Deffiantly Koing bader

  8. Jb says:

    Decision fight. Don’t see either one going for broke

    • jacob lee says:

      I don’t think Machida will look for the knockout…it will come to him. I keep thinking for some reason he will try to submit Bader though.

  9. HaVaginaButts says:

    Gustaffson needed to fight Bader.

  10. James says:

    Lyoto will win this because of the PED advantage he has of drinking his own urine. Also being a better fighter won’t hurt either.

  11. Hjortur Halldorsson says:

    Oh man I was hoping to see Phil Davis vs Lyoto. Who the fuck will Davis face? Not Gustafsson again?
    I would be very surprised if Bader would win this fight.

    • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

      I guess it’s Gus vs Lil Nog then….. Obliteration from Jones since they don’t want to give him another wrestler.

      • Hjortur Halldorsson says:

        Yes of course, Lil Nog. I’m ashamed to say, I forgot about him :/
        But Phil Davis still needs an opponent, does any one come to mind? Because I’m clueless. Davis is one of my favorite fighters in LHW so I hope to see him soon.

        • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

          Maybe Davis will fight Forrest Griffin after Forrest wins or loses to Tito… Because Tito and Forrest have been so inconsistent lately. Davis vs Boner or Gus vs Boner would be awesome. Most likely Gus will get Lil Nog since Gus got paired with Matushenko twice.

          The top of the lhw division is on life support though… Rampage, Shogun and Machida are on 2 loss streaks.

        • Hjortur Halldorsson says:

          You are absolutely right about the LHW division, there will be a lot of chances in the top 10 rankings in the near future. There has also been talks about Rashad dropping down to MW, although that’s probably unlikely.
          Machida actually won Couture before the Jones fight, but he has lost 3 out of his last 4 (I would say 4 out last 5, because of the first Shogun fight).

          David vs Bonnar would be a great fight, good call on that one.

        • Hjortur Halldorsson says:

          I mean Davis of course not David :)

        • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

          I got the timeline wrong for when he lost to Rampage. I thought he beat Couture first then lost to Rampage, then Jones but that’s not correct.

          I get what you mean when you say David though.

  12. Sick Brah says:

    Lyoto gonna rape that boy…..

    Free porn ftw

  13. Brend0magic says:

    If Bader can take him down and control him he’ll win, if he stays standing he’ll most likely get TKO’d

  14. Gustafsson, Machida would have been waaayyyy cooler. You can’t count anyone out in MMA because, hell sometimes guys like Bader lose to people like Ortiz… but I can’t see Machida losing this fight. I got it tko Machida round three.

  15. RFK says:

    Bader can’t win no matter what lyoto can go blind as soon as the fight starts and still knock Bader the fuck out

  16. Manny says:

    The Dragon first round!!!! Badder is going down!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

    Machida is going to decision him. It’s only 3 rounds people.

  18. Carlos Amorim says:

    Great fight!!!
    Machida will certainly win.
    I still want to see rematch: Lyoto x Jones.

  19. RocketQueen says:

    I don’t think Bader can come close to taking down Lyoto, so I’m gonna go ahead and say, Lyoto by Karate Massacre.

  20. mean170 says:

    Sadly Bader will not be able to get close enough to get a take-down. However, he will eat knees and punches on the way in. Dragon by TKO

  21. GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

    Thats exactly whats going to happen. bad matchup for Bader

  22. Randy says:

    I’m a Bader fan but I really don’t see Ryan knowing what to do with Machida’s style. Machida Decision.

  23. jbeamazing says:

    Karate is back!!!!!

  24. KIDD433 says:

    Machida will more than likely KO Bader.The only way Bader can win is by somehow talking Machida down and “FITCHING” him.Basicly the same thing he does in all his fights.He should train on how to fight,and not hump.Perhaps he’d have better fights and more fans

    • 2tonekid says:

      …About half of Bader’s wins are KO’s so that prediction falls flat to me

      I think if Machida blitzes at the wrong time Bader can catch him with a monster counter right hand

      That being said Id say Machida stays on the outside and decisions Bader

  25. danno says:

    AWWW poor bader, everyone is counting him out, that includes me of course but i think machida wins by ktfo.

  26. No worreh says:

    Futtin hors ruin my day should of gave machida some one better than this 1 trick pony fuck give him rampage evans shogun if he beets silva fuck give him gus bus shit not darth bader masta bater

  27. mma knowitall says:

    Bader death via front kick

  28. #1 Haole says:

    If LM actually fights he will win. I don’t think he can play the only counter game plan in this one

  29. Xaninho says:

    Machida by KO. But Bader does have a fluke one punch chance.

  30. HBO_PRO says:

    I don’t care about the lightheavyweight division anymore :(

  31. The MOP says:

    Yes!

  32. GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

    I think LHW class is going to lose alot of fan interest until Jones moves up to HW and fights guys closer to his own size. Same thing happened with A. Silva at MW. WW just starting to gain interest again because of fighters like Ellenberger, Rory, Hendricks, Diaz that unlike GSP actually like to fight and put on a show for fans. All these Greg jackson inspired borefest gamplans have really hurt GSP’s fanbase or popularity on top of fact he has only fought a few times in last 3 years. Still can’t believe he has only fought once or twice since hardy fight which was forever ago. Jones has fought more than GSP in last 2 years than GSP has fought in over 5 years or more. That goes for all champs they really need to step up like Jones and fight more often.

    • CanILive says:

      are you fukkin kidding me??? we have to watch Lyoto, Shogun, Hendo, Rashad, Phil Davis, Ryan Bader work their way back up the ladder, which means we’ll be seeing more fights from them, unlike when they’re champs we only see 2 fights per yr max. With Jones we see 4 fights per yr at LEAST,

  33. GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

    I think LHW class is going to lose alot of fan interest until Jones moves up to HW and fights guys closer to his own size. Same thing happened with A. Silva at MW. WW just starting to gain interest again because of fighters like Ellenberger, Rory, Hendricks, Diaz that unlike GSP actually like to fight and put on a show for fans. All these Greg jackson inspired borefest gamplans have really hurt GSP’s fanbase or popularity on top of fact he has only fought a few times in last 3 years. Still can’t believe he has only fought once or twice since hardy fight which was forever ago. Jones has fought more than GSP in last 2 years than GSP has fought in over 5 years or more. That goes for all champs they really need to step up like Jones and fight more often. Even Aldo doesn’t fight near as often as he use to.

  34. TRUTH says:

    Lyoto THE DRAGON Machida vs Ryan THE MASTERBADER

  35. Dick Diaz says:

    lyoto needs a win bad lol

    • John M says:

      Very badly but also if Bader wins this one he’s gonna be back in the hunt for the title shot again

  36. Taylor says:

    Terrible matchup for Bader. I’m glad too, Bader is such a douche.

  37. Mike McMack says:

    Machida is going to destroy Bader! Machida is very difficult to takedown and he will not get beat by a guy like Bader in the stand up.

  38. your mom says:

    Lame ass fight. Bader is a safe fight for anyone. You know even if you lose your not gonna get hurt fighting Bader. They should put Bader, Fitch, and Hammil in the ring and have a battle royal.

    • Brend0magic says:

      Bader isn’t the most dangerous fighter out there, but by no means is he a “safe fight” for anyone. If Machida loses to him, he’ll be set back deep into the pack. With that being said, I cannot see Bader winning unless by flash tko/ko.

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