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UFC changes tune, UFC on FOX 4's Bader-Machida winner also possible for title shot

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LAS VEGAS – On Monday Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White announced that UFC on FOX 4 headliners Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (20-6 MMA, 4-4 UFC) and Brandon Vera (12-5 MMA, 8-5 UFC) are competing this weekend for a shot at the promotion's light-heavyweight title.

He later told USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that co-headliners Ryan Bader (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Lyoto Machida (17-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) also will have that opportunity.

"Whoever wins the most impressively on Saturday night gets the shot at the title," White said.

White's decision comes after a rash of fan backlash following his original announcement. UFC's social-media-savvy fanbase immediately took to Twitter to protest the decision while citing Rua's recent losses to both current champion Jon Jones and the champ's UFC 151 opponent, Dan Henderson – as well as Vera's current run of just one win in four appearances – as reasons why the bout did not deserve to be considered a No. 1 contender's contest.

White said he listened to the complaints, and he's making a change.

"I put together the fights that fans want to see," White said. "The fans didn't like the Rua and Vera choice, so here it is: The guy that wins most impressively on Saturday night out of the co-main event and the main event will get the shot at the winner of Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson."

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Post #1   7/31/12 8:14:48AM   

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Just make the winners fight each other for the next chance.

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Post #2   7/31/12 10:59:07AM   

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This is a very opportune time for Chael to move up to lhw

Post #3   7/31/12 12:19:14PM   

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Posted by meier

This is a very opportune time for Chael to move up to lhw



seriously with the way they are handing out title shots he might not even need a win, he could probably talk his way to a shot at jones.

Post #4   7/31/12 12:42:00PM   

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It is "meh".
Just a different kind of "meh" than seeing the Vera'Shogun winner against Jones. But "meh" nonetheless .

Post #5   7/31/12 12:50:37PM   

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Posted by Manak


Posted by meier

This is a very opportune time for Chael to move up to lhw



seriously with the way they are handing out title shots he might not even need a win, he could probably talk his way to a shot at jones.

exactly

Post #6   7/31/12 2:43:11PM   

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Posted by prophecy033

Just make the winners fight each other for the next chance.



That would just make way to much sense.

Post #7   7/31/12 3:15:51PM   

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let's get Bones vs Silva to hype up a NYE fight!
while they take the extended time off to build & promote the fight before training, these 2 divisions can figure themselves out.

MW
Fight A Weidman vs winner of Bisping/Boetsch
Fight B Belcher vs Belfort

Winner of Fight A fights winner of Fight B for a shot at Anderson

LHW
Shogun, if he beats Vera vs Machida/Bader winner for shot at Bones.
or
If Shogun loses to Vera, Machida/Bader winner vs Gustafsson for shot at Bones.
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Just give Gustafsson the damn shot! They've given other people shots for doing a lot less in the past when the top of a division got cleaned out.




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Post #8   7/31/12 4:45:07PM   

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I dont think anyone of these guys deserve a title shot. Jones has already finished all 4 of them!!!

Post #9   7/31/12 6:08:06PM   

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Posted by sparky

I dont think anyone of these guys deserve a title shot. Jones has already finished all 4 of them!!!



^^This, but what ya gonna do? Glover gets next shot!

Post #10   7/31/12 6:29:01PM   

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Occasionally, the UFC fanbase shoots down bad ideas and this one time when they did.

Give Jones some time off. He is a workhorse, but it seems that he has cleaned the division out a year too soon. Let him defend twice yearly like Silva and St. Pierre usually do.

Post #11   7/31/12 7:38:25PM   

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i'd rather see machida get another chance, but as long as its either him or shogun i'm good

Post #12   8/1/12 1:12:45AM   

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You know the division is getting weaker when the next 4 possible contenders have all been thoroughly raped by the champ

GSP even has more interesting options for once

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Dana goes back to what he originally said. Like someone else said, think he said that to hype the fight b/c it was the presser.

But really, we should just stop listening to Dana until things are official or just not listen to him all together.

Post #14   8/1/12 3:05:47AM