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Throwdown Lowdown: Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader at UFC on Fox 4

UFC light heavyweight Lyoto Machida bows after defeating Ryan Bader at UFC on Fox 4. (Photo courtesy of

Welcome to the latest edition of MMADiehards’ “Throwdown Lowdown.” Each week, one of our writers breaks down the mechanics of a pro MMA match and shows fight fans what it all means. Today’s column examines a brawl between UFC light heavyweights Lyoto Machida and Ryan Bader at UFC on Fox 4.

Who: Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida vs. Ryan “Darth” Bader

What: UFC light heavyweight co-main event with title shot implications

Where: UFC on Fox 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

When: Last Saturday (Saturday, Aug. 4)

Why: For better or worse, UFC on Fox 4 was about letting a top light heavyweight contender have another crack at the title.

UFC President Dana White decided before the event that both Machida’s matchup with Bader and the main event between Brandon “The Truth” Vera and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua would potentially name a new No. 1 contender to the championship currently dominated by Jon “Bones” Jones. Whoever won “most impressively,” White declared, would face the winner of September’s UFC 151 battle between Jones and challenger Dan “Hendo” Henderson.

On paper, the problem with this approach was that all four men had already met their match in bouts with Jones. In reality, UFC on Fox 4 let some of the world’s best light heavyweights restate their claim for the title. Of these, it was the “Dragon” who emerged deserving of a second try at the belt Saturday night.

The good: Machida made good on White’s offer and delivered a truly impressive fight. In a mere two rounds, “The Dragon” dominated Bader with a cunning game plan “Darth” didn’t see coming.

Fights are won or lost by how well one fighter forces the other to fight his style. Making the most of that maxim, Machida utterly mesmerized Bader with his karate background. Utilizing the art’s unorthodox fighting stances, he kept Bader at bay by destroying his depth perception. Throwing punches and kicks from odd angles, Machida also switched between orthodox and southpaw to further disorient “Darth.” The strategy worked, and Bader spent two rounds baffled by the fleeting shadow beating him down.

The bad: In contrast, Bader delivered a performance far from his best. Frustrated by Machida’s elusive range, he dropped the two most dangerous weapons he has. A former All-American wrestler, Bader barely tried taking down “The Dragon.” Given grappling’s his bread-and-butter, that approach left him with nothing but knockout power. It’s a fact Machida had apparently meditated on, and he left “Darth” dropping bombs at air while picking him apart.

The ugly: Bader’s battle plan was utterly uncharacteristic of his combat history. With this in mind, fight fans can only wonder if White’s title stipulation sapped his concentration. The ugliest aspect of this fight was that the high stakes drove “Darth” towards recklessness, and that Machida outsmarted him for it.

The end result: Machida mocked Bader for the full first round. Taking potshots at will, he let Bader’s rage build and build. Erupting in round two, “Darth” charged “The Dragon” with a furious flurry.

It was just what Machida wanted. Having patiently waited for Bader to rush, he revealed his master plan with calm and precision. Machida threw a straight right, spearing Bader full force in the face. From there, he pounced on his prey and delivered the killing blow. Like an expert sniper, he set up his shot and pulled the trigger perfectly.

What it all means: Machida’s matchup with Bader suddenly leaves the UFC’s light heavyweight division a lot more interesting.

For starters, Machida instantly bounced back from defeat by dismantling a worthy opponent. Jones conquered “The Dragon” during his last match at UFC 140 in December, and now the possibility of a redo has instantly reared its head. It’s an intriguing matchup as Machida may be the only fighter to win a round over Jones during his championship run. Though he lost their last encounter overall, he managed to rock Jones with carefully-crafted strikes before getting finished.

Alternatively, Machida could meet Henderson should “Hendo” defeat Jones next month. Should Henderson win, it’ll match up two entertaining legends who have never locked horns before. Henderson seemingly has the wrestling and power edge, but Machida’s craftiness still makes him a threat.

Bader, for his part, has two options. He could face Vera (who also lost Saturday night) and see which of them truly belongs near the top. If that isn’t appealing, he could face rising stars like Glover Teixeira or Alexander Gustafsson instead. A fight like that would either improve his stock or show that some new faces belong near the division’s summit. Either way, the UFC’s light heavyweight division looks much more exciting than it did even a week earlier.

Mark Hensch is an avid MMA fan who became interested in the sport through wrestling and karate. When not covering the hurt business, he serves as a digital editor for the Washington Times’ in Washington D.C.

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UFC 140 attendance figures: 18,303 attendance and live gate of $3.9 million reported

UFC 140 recap: Jones retains the belt, Jung does the unimaginable, Ortiz nearing the end

Jon Jones (L) and Lyoto Machida (R) ready for UFC 140 battle. Photo coourtesy of

Jon Jones proved his worth against Lyoto Machida, and Frank Mir broke Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in one round.

Chan Sung Jung flirted with UFC records with a first round knockout over Mark Hominick.  Brian Ebersole edged out a victory over Claude Patrick; Antonio Rogerio Nogueira beat Tito Ortiz.

“Bones” Jones endured a puzzle he had trouble solving, then he strangled Machida lifeless.

Jones was under more pressure than he has faced in his entire career, but the bout finalized in with a highlight that will be seen for years to come.

Machida picked Jones apart in the early going, but “Bones” eventually got a takedown.  Jones split Machida’s forehead open with an elbow that caused the fight to be paused.  The doctor let Machida continue, but the tune of the bout changed.

Jones, oddly enough, closed the distance on Machida and tied him up against the fence.  From there, Jones applied a unique choke that rendered the Karate master comatose.

Mir and Nogueira met in a rematch that will go down as a fight to remember.

“Big Nog” was close to finishing Mir at the beginning of the bout, but things changed abruptly.  Mir was nearing unconsciousness when a series of ground transitions found him with Rodrigo’s arm in position for a kimura.  Mir was vicious and broke Nogueira’s arm for the fight to be stopped.

Mir commented on completing a significant goal in the world of MMA.

“Now I’m the only person to knockout Nogueira and the only person to submit him,” Mir stated.

Jung took Hominick out in just 7 seconds.  Hominick, known for striking, came out throwing wild punches and disregarded defense, then the “Korean Zombie” blasted the Canadian with a right straight that dropped him.  Jung pounced on Hominick with a flurry of punches until referee Herb dean stopped the bout and Canadian fans were left in disbelief as the Korean sucked the air out of the Air Canada Centre.

Hominick spoke to Joe Rogan following the bout and explained where he went wrong.

“I came out over confident and underestimated him,” Hominick said.

Nogueira conquered  “The People’s Champ” in the first round of their UFC 140 encounter.  The Brazilian worked over Ortiz on the ground with elbows to the body and hammer fists to the face of the former light heavyweight champion.  Once Nogueira planted a knee into the guts of Ortiz the end was near.

“Lil Nog” was relentless with his ground and pound, and Ortiz was put away midway through the opening round.

Ortiz has mentioned retirement in recent interviews and he addressed the fans following his loss at UFC 140.

“I have one more fight on my contract and hopefully Dana (White) gives me that,” Ortiz said.  “I got one more fight for you guys.”

Ebersole and Patrick displayed all facets of MMA in their UFC 140 affair.  Technical stand-up, excellent ground grappling and submission attempts were shown from both parties.  After a three round battle that was extremely close, Ebersole grabbed a split-decision victory.

UFC 140 preliminary card recap: Pokrajac and Philippou deliver KO’s, Hallman dominates, UFC newcomers have a good night

Constantinos Philippou defeats Jared Hamman at UFC 140. Photo courtesy of

UFC  140 preliminary fights were broadcast on Facebook and ION TV, and they set the pace for an exciting pay-per-view.

Igor Pokrajac wowed fans with a devastating knockout over Krystof Soszynski.

Dennis Hallman made quick work of John Makdessi, Yves Jabouin defeated Walel Watson in a crowd pleasing performance, Mark Bocek picked up a decision victory over Nik Lentz, and Constantinos Philippou hammered Jared Hamman.

Newcomer Josh Cholish finished Mitch Clarke in their Octagon debut, and Jake Hecht had a victorious debut over Rich Attonito.

Pokrajac, an underdog on the betting lines, took Soszynski out in 35 seconds.  “The Polish Experiment” approached the bout with eagerness, but Pokrajac capitalized on Soszynski’s aggressiveness.  The Croatian pummeled Soszynski and swarmed him with punches until the Canadian was unconscious.

Hallman outclassed Makdessi from the opening bell.  “Superman” grappled Makdessi to the ground and softened the Canadian up with punches until sinking in a rear-naked choke.  It was a dominant performance on Hallman’s behalf in his return to lightweight.

Philippou squared off against Hamman, and then teed off on him.  Philippou rocked Hamman and went for a quick submission, but when the fight found its way back to the feet the Cypriot landed leather.  Philippou tagged Hamman with a couple of solid punches until the American collapsed and the bout came to a halt.

Jabouin and Watson put on a spectacular fight for the fans.  Spinning back-fists and back-kicks were prominent throughout the bout, along with two submission attempts by Watson that almost ended Jabouin’s night.  However, Jabouin was the victor, earning a split-decision.

Cholish made a statement with a second round TKO over Clarke in the opening bout of the night.  After Cholish attempted a flashy kneebar in the first round, he dominated the Canadian in the second frame.  During a scramble on the ground Cholish ended up on Clarke’s back and landing bombs until referee John McCarthy stopped the fight.

Hecht, another UFC newcomer, took out UFC veteran Attonito with a powerful elbow followed by punches.  Attonito was slammed with an elbow to the temple while attempting to take Hecht down.  When Attonito dropped to the canvas Hecht wasted no time in finishing the fight early in Round 2.

UFC 140 event results

MMA DieHards Counterpunch: UFC 140

Jon Jones (L) squares off with Lyoto Machida (R) at UFC 140 weigh-ins. Photo courtesy of Combatlifestyle

MMA DieHards is back with a session of Counterpunch for UFC 140.

UFC 140 offers a light heavyweight championship bout between Jon Jones and Lyoto Machida.  Canadian Mark Hominick will battle Chan Sung Jung, and former champions meet when Frank Mir meets Antonio Nogueira. put together a team of our finest writers to bring you Counterpunch for the event.  The group independently makes its selections for each fight. Minority picks will be defended by one of the panelists making that selection.

Joining us this week will be newcomer Shawn Baran, Robert G. Reynolds, Jason Kelly, and host of MMA Beatdown on the MMA DieHards Radio Network, Mike Fester.  Joe Rizzo also participated in the panel but did not have an assignment from his selections.

Hominick and Rich Attonito are not be covered below, as they were all unanimously selected.

Below we list the match, the fighter being defended and the author of the defense.

Lyoto Machida vs. Jon Jones
Defending Machida: Jason Kelly

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the return of the Machida era.

Machida is a puzzle that is hard for a veteran to solve, let alone a young Jones.  Machida’s elusiveness, coupled with his ability to capitalize on striking from peculiar angles will be the end of Jones’ title reign.  Another thing that comes into play is Jones’ inexperience of clashing shins.  As good as Jones’ offence is, nobody has tested his durability the way “The Dragon” will.  Machida is going to put hands on “Bones” and put the champ under a pressure he has not seen from previous opponents.

With the Under Siege action star in his corner, Machida will TKO Jones late in the fourth round.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir
Defending Nogueira: Shawn Baran

My heart tells me to pick Mir because I have always been a Mir fan, but my head tells me to pick Nogueira.

Mir looked flawless against “Minotauro” the last time they met and Mir stopped Nogueira for the first time in his career.

Turns out Nogueira was fighting at maybe 40%.  Mir looked sharp against Nelson, but “Big Nog” looked sharper against Brendan Schaub.

Mir has not looked as good lately and it appears that Nogueira is healthy and ready to avenge that loss to Mir.  I just think it is going to be Nogueira’s night.

Mir should have the edge striking, but Nog’s striking has looked pretty good of late so they may even be even there.

Against anyone else, I would give the edge on the ground to Mir by a landslide, but he IS fighting Nogueira

And if there is anyone better on the ground than Mir, it would be Nogueira.

Mir has all the talent in the world to make this fight his, but I have a feeling Nogueira will land some heavy shots early on and put Mir away with a TKO.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Tito Ortiz
Defending Nogueira: Robert Reynolds

Even though Rogerio Nogueira has lost his last two bout with the UFC, he is one right hand away from getting back on track.

While “Little Nog” is not as popular as his brother “Big Nog”, he is still a force in the cage to worry about with a gold medal in boxing from the South American Games and a black belt in BJJ.

Facing Tito Ortiz at UFC 140, Nogueira won’t have much to worry about when it comes to what Ortiz has to offer.  As of late, it appears that Ortiz has lost his ability to take down opponents facing him across the octagon.  Taking down Nogueira will be his only chance.

“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” is barely holding on to a job with the UFC winning one fight since 2006.  This is going to be another failed attempt at keeping Ortiz around and a loss may force him into retirement.

Expect a second round TKO from Nogueira.

Claude Patrick vs. Brian Ebersole
Defending Patrick: Robert Reynolds

I’ll admit right out of the gate, I initially picked Claude Patrick because he is a local favorite and I have to support our Canadian fighter

That being said, Patrick has been cleaning up competition winning his last 13 fights, finishing 11 of his opponents.  Making his third appearance on a Canadian card, Patrick has become a regular spectacle for native fans.

His opponent, Brian Ebersole has a wealth of experience compiling a 48-14 record while dominating his last nine opponents.  Ebersole’s fighting style is unorthodox to say the least and can usually throw fighters off; Patrick however, won’t fall for those foolish antics.

It is a guarantee that this fight is going to reach the ground early in the first round, as Ebersole will not be able to handle the striking of the Patrick.  Once it hits the ground, expect Ebersole to be sloppy and leave his neck hanging out for the picking.

Patrick is going to win his 14th fight in a row via a choke of some sort mid-way through the first round.

Igor Pokrajac vs. Krystof Soszynski
Defending Pokrajac: Joe Rizzo

Pokrajac is 2-1 since dropping his first two UFC fights, but what will keep him around long enough to win this one is his submission defense. In 31 fights, he has tapped only once, and that was a leg submission.  Soszynski’s best weapon is his kimura, and Pokrajac is not going to allow the Polish-Canadian to unleash it upon him.

While Todd Brown and James Irvin have been long for the UFC since Pokrajac finished them, the Croatian has had a bit of trouble with higher-level opponents.  However, he has improved. He went the distance with Vladimir Matyushenko, suffered a very late finish against James Te-Huna and dropped a decision to Stephan Bonnar.  This match is where Pokrajac finds a way to take it all the way and win.

Jared Hamman vs. Constantinos Philippou
Defending Hamman: Jason Kelly

Hamman is underdog for a reason I don’t understand.

My foolish colleagues must be newbies to the sport.  Hamman made the drop to middleweight and has been on a tear since.  His toughness and willingness to take risks rewards Hamman with fight of the night honors and victories time and time again.   Philippou is a grinder, but Hamman possesses more techniques that will make a bad night for his opponent.  Hamman’s wrestling will control where the fight takes place and his viciousness will be the key to victory.

Hamman takes this bout with the judges’ score 30-27 across the board.

Dennis Hallman vs. John Makdessi
Defending Hallman: Joe Rizzo

Sure it was a few moons ago, but Dennis Hallman is no stranger to the lightweight division.  On Sept. 28, 2001, Hallman lost a decision to Jens Pulver with the lightweight belt on the line at UFC 33.  At UFC 29, he took 20 seconds to arm bar Matt Hughes in a 155-pound fight.  In his many fights since then, Hallman has even gone to 195 and been successful.  Take a closer look at his 2-2 mark since returning to the UFC as a welterweight.  Hallman had wins over Ben Saunders and Karo Parysian.  In his defeats, he got knocked out by John Howard with five seconds left in a fight he was winning, and against Brian Ebersole while wearing his infamous bikini, Hallman was a one-armed fighter, battling an elbow infection that was bad enough to require surgery days later.  He had position on Ebersole in the early going and very well could have finished off a submission with a relatively healthy elbow joint.

Now Hallman is back to lightweight, and he’ll have to avoid Makdessi’s sharp stand-up game.  Once Hallman takes this one to the mat, it’s going to end quickly with him submitting the Canadian.

Walel Watson vs. Yves Jabouin
Defending Watson: Mike Fester

I had thought out a very professional and logical explanation as to why I thought Yves Jabouin could win this fight but at the end of the day I just can’t bring myself to pick a guy named Yves Jabouin. It’s weird. Let’s be honest, It’s a little creepy. If you say it a few times in a row It sounds like some sort of Creole’ black magic chant…

Anyway, all joking aside, If you happened to catch our show (MMABeatdown on Tuesday Nights at 8:30) this week, I had mentioned that I firmly believe a good part of how fights play out will ALWAYS boil down to what you’re fighting for. If you’re driven by something weather it be fame, money, a desire to be the best or just to cement your legacy, the way you approach fights will be differ. And when you’re dealing with athletes who for the most part, by and large have the same skills, the winner is usually going to be the guy that “wants it” more.

That being said, Walel Watson is hungry. His 1st round TKO over Joseph Sandoval proved that. Add to that hunger and aggression what appears to be a very solid ground game and I think it spells a very long (quick) night for Yves Jabouin. I see Watson taking this one by first or second round submission.

Nik Lentz vs. Mark Bocek
Defending Lentz: Joe Rizzo

While I am picking Lentz to win this fight, this one almost has “draw” or “no contest” written all over it.  Usually it’s not his fault, but draws and no contests are an uncommon occurrence in MMA, and he has been in three fighters where there was no winner — all since his most recent loss, which was in 2007.  Lentz drew with Kyle Jensen before going to the UFC, then once he got there deadlocked Thiago Tavares in his second outing, when Tavares had a point deduction for repeated low blows. His last fight — or was it — topped them both, as what appeared to be Charles Oliveira’s illegal knee knocked Lentz for a loop, leading to a rear naked choke submission.  Oliveira originally was credited with a win, but later it was ruled no contest.  Despite that ruling, it was deemed fight of the night at UFC Live on Versus 5 on June 26.

Aside from those three matches, Lentz has reeled off 12 wins in the last four years.  Overall, he has nine submission wins, six by decision and six by TKO.  He knows how to defend against a fighter like Bocek, who is one of the top grapplers in the lightweight division.  Lentz has more ways to win this fight.  It’s likely to go the distance, and he should get the nod over the Canadian, who is game and exciting but usually comes up short against the upper echelon of the UFC.  Lentz is ready to make that jump.

Mitch Clarke vs. Josh Cholish
Defending Clarke: Jason kelly

Clarke is a newcomer, but he is Canadian, how could I pick against my countryman?

Clarke is undefeated, training out of Hayabusa in Alberta, and he knows how to win.  Clarke is not the most gifted athlete, but his understanding of mixed martial arts makes him dangerous for any foe.  His approach to the bout will consist of dirty boxing and ground and pound.  Cholish brings a strong arsenal, but Clarke is better in all areas of the game.

Clarke via Rizzo radio, AKA rear naked choke, in Round 1.

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