UFC on FOX 4: Machida KO's Ryan BaderPosted on August 4, 2012, 08:37 PM by Anton Gurevich
Former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida, came one step closer to a shot at the title, after knocking out Ryan Bader in the co-main event of UFC on FOX 4 in Los Angeles, California.
Lyoto Machida opened in his traditional Shotokan Karate stance, with Ryan Bader struggling to fight the right striking distance. Bader went in and out, trying to get a hold of Machida, but "The Dragon" played his game and responded with strikes on the counter. Strong knees, hooks and leg kicks frustrated Ryan Bader, as the fight went into the second round.
After the break, it was more of the same for Lyoto Machida. The Brazilian, who came in to this fight at 201lbs, was light on his feet, forcing Ryan Bader to give up on his defensive mechanisms. Bader decided "enough is enough", and dived in to close the striking range from Machida. In response, "The Dragon" unleashed a short striking combination that sent the Sith Lord down to the canvas. Machida followed up with more punches, as the referee stopped the action at 1:32 minutes into Round 2.
Machida is now the only man to ever KO/TKO Ryan Bader, improving his record to 18-3. Bader drops down to 14-3, and now finds himself out of the title shot picture.