Dana White Changes Course Once Again

Written by Tom Ngo
July 31st, 2012

UFC Light Heavyweight Ryan Bader

You are fighting for a UFC light heavyweight title shot. On second thought, you’re not competing for a crack at the strap. Oh, wait a minute, you are. 

That has been the teeter-totter Ryan Bader (Pictured) and Lyoto Machida have been riding over the past 24 hours.

However, after reconsidering his reconsideration, UFC president Dana White has decided that Bader, Machida, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua or Brandon Vera are all once again in the mix for a chance at the 205-pound crown.

It will be up to the four to see who can unleash the most vicious highlight reel finish.

“When the fans speak, we listen. So whoever scores the best win, whoever gets the fans excited by going out there on Saturday and looking the most impressive, he will get the winner of Jones vs. Henderson,” White stated. “It is down to what these four guys do Saturday night in the Octagon.

“Winning isn’t enough, they’ve got to win impressively. Any one of these four fighters can take things into their own hands and make a title shot happen.”

That was the initial plan White revealed last week, with Shogun getting top priority. Although, during Monday’s conference call he changed course and only guaranteed “UFC on FOX 4‘s” featured attraction would get next dibs – including Vera, who just notched his first win since beating Krzysztof Soszynski in August 2009.

Reigning light heavyweight king Jon Jones is set to defend his throne against Dan Henderson at UFC 151. He’s a whopping 7.5-to-1 odds-on favorite to retain his hardware.

Jones already holds landslide wins over Vera, Bader, Shogun and Machida, respectively.

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