As strange as it sounds, the a winner from the main event or co-main event will be the next 205 challenger. Well, not all the fighters are up for that prize. It’s being said that Shogun Rua, Lyoto Machida, or Ryan Bader will get the next shot for Jon Jones belt, but winning is not enough though according to White.
“I’m expecting all of these guys to go all-out to prove why they should be next in line for a title shot. Winning isn’t enough at UFC on Fox. This division is so competitive these fighters have to look great to separate themselves from the pack.”
If Lyoto uses his “illusive” style to win the bout they he may not get the shot, or if Bader just wrestles his way to a win he may not get it, and if Rua is not able to destroy Brandon Vera, like many expect, he could lose his shot as well. The added pressure may be put on these matches after the last PPV. Maybe in an attempt to make the fighters perform they are announcing their intentions before the fight happens.
“These fighters have a huge opportunity to show the world why they deserve to fight for the UFC title next.”
It makes sense to get the next title challenger off a FOX card as it gives the winner the biggest exposure. That is what happened when Rashad Evans took on Phil Davis, and was also expected to happen if Brian Stann took on Hector Lombard. The problem with this scenario is that all of the fighters in those fights have been beaten by the current champion. Machida had actually just lost to him in his last fight, and is 1-3 in his last four fights, with his only win coming over Randy Couture. Shogun has had a bit more distance, but has traded wins and losses. He beat Forrest Griffin in Brazil, but lost a spirited fight to current contender Jon Jones. Lastly, Bader has had the most time, and has collected a big win over Rampage Jackson. Yet, he was marred by his surprise loss to Tito Ortiz. Given all of this will not matter, because Dan Henderson still has a shot to win the belt. before all of them.