Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida (18-3) has quickly earned his third title shot, following an impressive KO finish over Ryan Bader (12-3) in the second at UFC on Fox this past Saturday in Los Angeles, CA. It was only last December when we saw Machida fight for the title against Jon Jones. After arguably out-striking the champ in the first, Jones put a cap on the fight as he finished the jiu jitsu blackbelt, Machida with a standing guillotine.
The possibility of a rematch now between the two is very likely as the champ is a heavy favorite going into a title defense bout with heavy handed Dan Henderson. Whoever rises as the winner on Sep. 1 will have the Machida puzzle to deal with next.