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Morning Report: Anderson Silva spectacular in victory; Dana White says Glover Teixeira gets Rampage Jackson next

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There’s something to be said for anticipating a spectacular moment, then the moment arriving just as spectacularly as you anticipated, and still being left slack jawed and eyes bulging. Stephan Bonnar is a tough, legitimate professional fighter. He’s been in the game for over a decade, and barring a controversial cut stoppage, he’s fallen only to champions or former champions. And Anderson Silva made him look silly on Saturday night.

Actually, silly doesn’t even describe it. What Silva did to Bonnar at UFC 153 was surreal. No amount of hyperbole could overstate it. People have thrown around the word artistry, and that’s exactly what those four and a half minutes were.

“We saw something tonight that you might not f–king ever see again as long as you live,” UFC President Dana White gushed in the post-fight scrum. “What that guy does, that spinning back kick where he steps to the side and then steps back, and he just kind of laid in there, he ate some shots, he let him hit him, he was moving his head and then playing with him. And then, the minute he said, ‘I’m done,’ it was done. It’s just unbelievable. Nobody does that. Nobody. Nobody in this sport is able to do that.”

White may be a promoter first, but he’s absolutely, 100-percent correct. It defies logic. Silva is 37 years old, with a game predicated entirely on fast-twitch movements, yet he commands the cage with such grace, such style, and such precision, that it sometimes ceases being a fight and becomes something larger, more abstract.

The moment three minutes in is most telling. Bonnar digging his massive frame into Silva’s chest. Silva’s corner screaming at the champion. Wake up and do something. Get off the fence, take charge. And what happens? Silva just opens his palms, shakes his head. ‘Don’t worry. I got this.’ Sixty seconds later Bonnar is writhing in pain on the floor, and Silva is strolling around the Octagon with a wide grin tattooed across his face.

It’s remarkable, and White summed it up best.

“I’m telling you right now, watch every fight that he has. Enjoy every moment that he’s here. Because when he’s gone, you’re going to f–king regret it. You’re going to wish you watched more. It’s like [Michael] Jordan. I think about when Jordan played basketball, and even the games that didn’t mean a lot, he still did a lot of great s–t. Anderson Silva is the guy you want to watch when he’s fighting, because you’re going to see some s–t you’ve never seen before in your life.”

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6 MUST-READ STORIES

Silva wins in instant classic, wants GSP next. UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva became the first man to knock out Stephan Bonnar, flooring the veteran with a knee to the solar plexus late in the first round of UFC 153′s extraordinary main event. As his contemporaries took to Twitter to dub him the greatest fighter on the planet, Silva reiterated he would not fight Jon Jones, but wanted Georges St-Pierre next.

Overeem to return to title shot. Inactive heavyweight Alistair Overeem will most likely return to a title shot early next year against the winner of Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez, according to Dana White. Overeem is unable to apply for a license until December 27.

Teixeira brutalizes Maldonado, calls out Rampage. Heavily-hyped light heavyweight Glover Teixeira brutalized Fabio Maldonado for two rounds before cageside doctors mercifully, belatedly called off the fight. Afterward, Teixeira humbly requested a big-name fight next, specifically mentioning his original opponent Rampage Jackson. Jackson promptly accepted the challenge, and Dana White signed off on it.

Big Nog defends BJJ, submits Herman. Fighting for the first time since December, legendary heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira submitted Dave Herman via armbar after a tenuous lead-up that saw Herman repeatedly claim Brazilian jui-jitsu didn’t work on him.

Strikeforce cancels event, done for 2012. Strikeforce’s Nov. 3 event was cancelled after a series of injury withdrawals eviscerated the main card. The announcement marks the second straight event cancellation for Strikeforce, though Showtime officials maintain the partnership will continue, and plans for a “stacked” January 2013 event are already in the works. Most ridiculously, neither promotion officials nor executives from Showtime notified headliner Daniel Cormier of the cancellation before revealing it to the media.

Fitch calls his shot. After promising a more exciting style that would result in a ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus, welterweight stalwart Jon Fitch delivered, defeating Erick Silva via unanimous decision in a thrilling, back-and-forth affair. The win, which was his first since mid-2010, earned Fitch an additional $ 70,000 in bonus money. After which, Fitch elatedly declared, “Don’t call it a comeback.”

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Between Silva’s fireworks, Big Nog’s dramatic return, Fitch’s steely determination, Teixeira’s sheer brutality, and Maia’s ability to create blood faucets, UFC 153 may have been one of the most entertaining pay-per-views of the year.

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It’s hard not to feel bad for Strikeforce fighters after watching this post-fight interview with Dana White. They’re pretty much helpless. No paychecks for the rest of the year and seemingly no one to turn to for answers.

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Best two non-spoiler tidbits from Mirko Cro Cop’s K-1 Grand Prix fight over the weekend: 1.) Look at that thumbnail. How perfectly vintage is that? 2.) I’ve never seen a loser trolled harder by an announcer than at the end of this clip.

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Now seems like a perfect time to snag this out of the vault. If you’ve never seen the Anderson Silva documentary Like Water, sit back and enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at “The Spider.”

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If Anderson Silva didn’t exist, this abrupt knockout from Super Fight League 4 would probably be the best of the weekend. (14:52 for the lazy. Better angle at 16:00.)

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THE AFTERMATH

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced over the weekend (Friday, October 12, 2012 – Saturday, October 14, 2012):

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today’s Fanpost of the Day comes from jerry.tsui, who has a proposal for Zuffa’s next potential signee: Welcome Eddie Alvarez to the UFC by entering him in a lightweight tournament

The lightweight division arguably has the greatest amount of depth and parity among UFC weight classes. It is also a weight class that has been stuck in log jam mode dating back to the first Penn-Edgar in April 2010 and continuing in a rematch following by 2 sets between Edgar and Gray Maynard, and Edgar and current champion Ben Henderson. During this period many worthy contenders have risen up through the ranks, but it is difficult to decide who is the most worthy contender for a title shot after Henderson and Nate Diaz battle in Seattle on December 8th. The plot thickens even more with the impending arrival of former Bellator Champion Eddie Alvarez into the mix. What better way to welcome Alvarez to the UFC and determine who is the clear cut number one contender than to have an 8-man tournament. There will be plenty of time for it since I am assuming the Henderson-Diaz fight will end in a close decision necessitating a rematch in May 2013, and then a fight a Champion vs. Tournament winner fight in November 2013. Another assumption is that Strikeforce will be folding soon and Gilbert Melendez will be available to fight Ben Henderson if he is stil champ and there is not need for Henderson-Diaz 2, since I don’t see a Melendez vs. Diaz fight happening if Diaz is the champion.

First, the participants and seeds for the tournament, including alternate bouts.The tournament would kick off in late December and early January

#1 Gray Maynard vs. #8 Joe Lauzon – This match up is already set for December 29th and pits the former TUF 5 alums against each other. Maynard earned the top seed in this tournament based off his trilogy against Edgar and overall consistency in the lightweight division. If this fight wasn’t already scheduled, Lauzon would likely have warranted a higher seed, coming off his win against Jamie Varner.

#2 Anthony Pettis vs. #7 TJ Grant – Anthony Pettis has already beaten Ben Henderson and KO’d Joe Lauzon in his last outing. TJ Grant is 3-0 since dropping to lightweight and is coming off a solid victory over Evan Dunham.

#3 Donald Cerrone vs. #6 Jim Miller – Cowboy is 6-1 in the UFC since moving over from the WEC and always puts on a great show. Jim Miller has hit a rough patch, but that is only because he has fought the current champ and the number one contender in 2 of his last 3 bouts. He is still tough, durable, and has a sick submission and wrestling game.

#4 Eddie Alvarez vs #5 Matt Wiman – Could be the best fight of the first round. We all know about Eddie Alvarez, but I always view Matt Wiman as the under-valued, under-appreciated guy that always puts on a show. Wiman is 5-1 in his last 6 bouts, out grappling the scary sick submission artist Paul Sass and tapping him out in his last outing.

Found something you’d like to see in the Morning Report? Just hit me on Twitter @shaunalshatti and we’ll include it in tomorrow’s column.

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UFC 153 – Impressive Victory A Big Relief For Jon Fitch

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Jon Fitch talks about the toughness of his UFC 153 opponent Erick Silva, whether he felt his performance was impressive, escaping a tight rear naked choke, and much more with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani.

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UFC on Fuel 5 results: Brad Tavares outwrestles Tom Watson for victory

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One of these days, British fighters are going to catch up on their wrestling.

Until then, we’re likely to see more fights like the UFC on Fuel 5 bout between middleweights Brad Tavares and Tom Watson. In an otherwise tightly contested kickboxing brawl, Tavares’ takedowns spelled the difference.

Tavares won via split decision, taking scores of 30-27 and 29-28, while one judge inexplicably scored the bout 29-28 Watson. This writer scored the fight 30-27 for Tavares.

Tavares took a frenetic first round convincingly, overcoming a pair of low blows and flustering Watson with his takedowns. Watson appeared to catch his stride in the second, but Tavares’ takedowns again spelled the difference. Both fighters went for broke in the third round, the closest of the fight and the only one that realistically could have been scored for Watson.

Tavares, who fights out of Hawaii, improved to 9-1 in his career, 4-1 in the UFC, with three straight wins. Watson a Southampton, England native who trains at both Montreal’s Tri-Star and Jackson’s MMA, dropped to 15-5.

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Walel Watson Looks for Textbook Victory at UFC 152

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SAN DIEGO — The last time UFC bantamweight Walel Watson took a trip to Toronto, he had a couple nasty surprises.

The first was a split-decision loss in a UFC 140 fight against Yves Jabouin he was sure he won. The second came about a month later, when he got a much larger than expected phone bill.

The San Diego Combat Academy fighter is heading back to the city he refers to as “the scene of the crime” for UFC 152 at the Air Canada Centre on Sept. 22, where he’ll meet Mitch Gagnon in a Facebook prelim bout.

While Watson has to wait a week for his opportunity to right Toronto wrongs, the phone bill matter was an easier fix. On a brutally hot Friday, he and several Team Hurricane Awesome campmates piled into his car to hit up an AT&T store at an outdoor mall in the shadow of Qualcomm Stadium and upgrade his plan to include calls and texts from Canada.

“My girlfriend and I like to text a lot,” Watson said. “I don’t even use the phone to talk that much, I just text all the time. Last time I was up in Toronto, I didn’t know you had to change your plan. I got back from the fight and a month later I had a bill for like $ 300.”

Just four years after the Escondido, Calif. native first started training in MMA, Watson (9-4), a lean and lanky 135-pounder, is already at an important juncture of his UFC career.

Watson has lost two straight fights on the heels of his quick finish of Joseph Sandoval in his UFC debut. Watson (9-4) doesn’t deny he clearly lost Feb. 15 bout to T.J. Dillashaw, which the latter won via unanimous decision.

“You’re never going to see that again,” said Watson. “You’re never going to see someone hold me down for three round like that again. I’ve been drilling my wrestling nonstop. I wasn’t me that night. That Walel Watson is gone.”

But the UFC 140 fight with Jabouin still serves as Watson’s biggest motivator.

Watson-Jabouin was by all accounts a close fight. A glance at running play-by-play on various MMA web sites scored the bout across the board, with some for Watson, some for Jabouin, and some a draw. Late in the second round, Watson caught Jabouin in a guillotine; in the third, Jabouin barely escaped a D’Arce choke. But in the end, two of three Ontario judges scored the bout in favor of the Canadian Jabouin.

“It was a tough lesson to learn,” Watson said. “I thought I had the fight won. I eased up in the last couple minutes. I thought I had the decision, so toward the end of the fight, I thought to myself ‘don’t do anything too crazy here.’ It never even occurred to me I wouldn’t get the decision. You know what they say about not leaving it in the hands of the judges? It’s true. I learned it that night. From now on I don’t want to give the judges any work to do.”

Watson, a star high school football wide receiver, took up MMA once he realized junior college ball at San Diego Mesa College marked the end of his gridiron road. After taking his first fight on a whim in Tijuana after just a month of training, Watson got serious about the sport and hooked up with Manolo Hernandez and Team Hurricane Awesome, then caught Zuffa’s attention by winning seven straight fights via stoppage inside of two rounds in just 13 months.

“I got a Facebook message from Sean Shelby one day telling me they were interested in me and to give him a call,” he said. “I didn’t really think it was him, I called the number and I thought it was going to be some type of prank.”

It wasn’t. Watson found himself in the UFC just three years after first taking up the sport. Although he recently signed a new four-fight contract, he knows he needs to get back into the win column soon. Standing in his way is Gagnon, who also has something to prove, having started strong but then gassing and losing to Bryan Caraway in UFC 149′s Fight of the Night.

As Watson sits through one of those interminable waits that anyone who’s walked into a big cell phone store has gone through, he projects how the fight’s going to break down.

“You saw what happened in his last fight, he got off to a good start and then he slowed down,” said Watson. “That was seven weeks ago, he hasn’t had the time to rest. I’ve had a full camp, I’ve had the best camp I ever had. I know every fighter says that, but this time it’s true. I’m ready to show everyone what Walel Watson is capable of.”

Now that would be something to text home about.

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Vinny Magalhaes Ranks Himself 39-of-39 UFC Light Heavyweights, Any Victory Will Improve His Standing

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Vinny Magalhaes is the current world champion in jiu-jitsu. He has also rattled off 5 straight victories in M-1, before vacating his title and rejoining the UFC roster. He now makes his return to the octagon against Igor Pokrajac at UFC 152 and says he will pull something fancy out of his bag of tricks to submit his opponent.

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Miesha Tate Wants to Rediscover Her Fire After Victory Over Julie Kedzie

Jayne Kamin-Oncea, US PRESSWIRE

What does one do after winning a battle that belongs on the list of Fight of the Year candidates? Why, you go to Disneyland, of course.

But Miesha Tate has more on her mind than celebrating her thrilling comeback victory over Julie Kedzie on Saturday night in San Diego.

Tate, whose bout with Kedzie was her first since losing the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title to Ronda Rousey and getting a dislocated elbow in the process, didn’t feel right before, during, or after the bout.

And as she told Ariel Helwani while calling into Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour on her way to Disneyland, she’s going to take some time to rediscover the fire which took her to the top of the women’s MMA game.

“I didn’t feel the passion and fire I felt in all my previous fights,” Tate said of her third-round submission victory. “I felt out of my element, I didn’t feel normal in there whatsoever. It was very strange, it was not a feeling I enjoyed and not something I want to experience again, I don’t really know what my next step is here.”

To the outside observer, the match between Tate and Kedzie was simply a classic barnburner, with the veteran Kedzie at the top of her game and Tate raising her game when pushed to her limits. Indeed, Tate made sure to credit Kedzie for her performance in the fight.

“I thought she was going to run a little bit more,” said Tate. “You know, I was happy to exchange with her, I think it made for a much more exciting fight. I struggled a bit on some of the takedowns, I had some really deep shots … she was just on point as far as defending, she really made me work for it. But that’s what you have to expect when you come in there for a fight. You can’t expect it to be easy, or you’re going to get the first takedown, so I was OK with that. She shut down the takedown the first couple times. I kept working for it and eventually I got it. I was able to prove that for the most part, she definitely couldn’t hang with me on the ground, it is what it is.”

Tate rallied to take the second round, but found herself deep in danger in round three after finding herself on the wrong end of a Kedzie head kick. At that point, she knew a finish was probably necessary.

“She got that head kick and I think if I hadn’t finished fight at that point, she could have stole it with the head kick,” she said. “She dropped me, she did a good amount of damage and that was the significant point up to that point in the round. So I knew when I was working on my back, man, man, I gotta go. I’ve got to get this move in, we’ve had a very competitive fight, she got round one, I’ve got round two, and at this point, she just dropped me and I gotta finish the fight.”

Tate got the victory when Kedzie tapped with about 90 seconds left in the fight. But, displaying a level of honesty and self-awareness that fighters don’t often admit to in public, Tate knew, coming out of the fight, that she’s not ready for a rematch with Rousey, and that she needs to go back to the drawing board. The point was emphasized when she found herself staring across the cage at Kedzie before the fight.

“Even when I was when lined up with Julie, across the cage, I was like, ‘Is this really happening right now? Am I really here? Am I really in this fight?’ I felt like I was kind of just in this twilight zone. I did not like that. It’s not how I normally feel, not how emotions really run. Normally I’m excited to be there, I’m amped and pumped, and I felt little to nothing, and I mean, she literally elbowed me and got my lip really good and I was like ‘ehh, whatever.’ She kicked me in the face, ‘ehh, whatever,’ It was not, it wasn’t a normal circumstance for me I don’t know why that is but I’m asking myself a lot of questions.”

Tate, who said she’s considering seeing a sports psychologist, figures it will take her about six months to a year to get back on the right path.

“I think I need to take a step back, relax a minute, and evaluate it,” she continued.

“I need to find a way to fire myself up again and get that passion, because I know there’s so much I still want to accomplish in MMA. I absolutely want to fight Ronda Rousey twice, but at this point, you know, mentally and emotionally, I’m not right. I shouldn’t be getting into the cage if I’m not going into it wholeheartedly for this fight. It’s hard for me to admit that, but that’s the honest truth. I didn’t feel like it for this fight like I did for other fights. I don’t know how to explain that, I guess it’s something I just have to figure out at this point.”

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Strikeforce in Tweets: Pros React to Ronda Rousey’s Armbar Victory Over Sarah Kaufman

Jayne Kamin-Oncea, US PRESSWIRE

At some point, we’ll see a different script. At some point, Ronda Rousey will learn what the second round feels like, if only to do it, and maybe then, she’ll be pushed. Maybe then she’ll be challenged.

But needless to say, that point didn’t come on Saturday night.

Instead, Rousey did what she always does, submitting former champion Sarah Kaufman with a first-round armbar in the main event of Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman, needing only 54 seconds to complete the first defense of her Strikeforce bantamweight belt. It was just another stunning, classic performance — another unbelievable moment in a young career already full of them — and as dust settled, the Twitter world rose to its metaphorical feet to sing the praises of its peerless queen of women’s MMA.

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UFC 150 Bonuses: Donald Cerrone Earns Double Bonus for KO Victory

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

It was a homecoming to remember for Donald Cerrone at UFC 150.

The “Cowboy” openly lobbied for a spot on the card in his home state of Colorado, and the effort paid off, netting him $ 120,000 in bonuses.

Cerrone earned the $ 60,000 Knockout of the Night award for his first-round finish of Melvin Guillard, and he also collected the same amount for his half of the wild 76-second bout, which earned the duo the Fight of the Night.



Cerrone found himself in trouble early in the fight, wobbled by a left hand from the powerful Guillard. But Cerrone withstood the barrage that followed, and moments later, uncorked a head kick that left Guillard on rubbery legs. Cerrone pounced and drilled him with a straight right that put Guillard out for the finish.

Amazingly, it was only the second career knockout for Cerrone, who has earned 13 of his 19 career wins via submission.

The Submission of the Night was earned by Dennis Bermudez, who also overcame a rocky start to finish Tommy Hayden with a first-round guillotine. That was an easy decision for UFC brass, since it was the only tapout finish of the night.

Meanwhile, six of the 10 fights were finished by knockout or TKO.

In the main event, Ben Henderson earned a split-decision victory over Frankie Edgar to retain the UFC lightweight championship.

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XFC Lightweight Nick Newell On His Big KO Victory

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XFC Lightweight Nick Newell explains to Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice what happened during his EPIC knee KO against Adam Mays. The phenom also tells Inside MMA what fights are on the horizon

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When Victory Is No Longer Enough, Outside Pressures Become Harder to Ignore

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Imagine, for a moment, that you are Lyoto Machida or Ryan Bader. Either of them. It makes little difference which one. On Monday you sit through a media conference call where your boss announces that the two other guys on the call — Mauricio Rua and Brandon Vera– will be fighting for a title shot. You and your opponent? You’ll just be fighting for money, fame, respect — the usual.

Then the next day the boss calls you up to tell you he changed his mind. Now he’s decided to open up the title shot sweepstakes to all four of you. Whoever looks “most impressive” in victory on Saturday night will get the next crack at the UFC light heavyweight title. Could be any one of you.

My question is: if you’re Machida or Bader, and you went from out of the running to “in the mix” after a little public outcry and a change of plans, what are you supposed to do with this information? Now that you know your fortunes can be changed with a win deemed more impressive than whatever happens in the other fight, which you have no control over, how can it not mess with your head — not to mention your game plan — at least a little bit?

“It’s there in the back of my head,” Bader admitted when I put this question to him on Wednesday afternoon. But then, he added, maybe it shouldn’t be. After all, he was already planning on winning the fight and looking good doing it.

“It was kind of like, okay, I just have to beat Lyoto regardless, and then I’ll at least be closer to a title shot,” Bader said. “But then [White] came back and said that, so my hopes are up again. It got me a little bit more excited.”

Machida admitted to having a similar reaction after hearing the change of plans.

“I really respected Dana’s opinion on that, and I believe the UFC always positions itself the right way in those matters,” he said through a translator. “But I did think it was a little unfair of them to say that only the winner of the main event would get the title shot.”

Now that the title shot is up for grabs among the four fighters at the top of Saturday night’s UFC on FOX 4 card, the dynamic has undeniably changed. Obviously, all four of them had planned on winning and winning big even before the stakes shifted, but now there’s a built-in way for them to win and still lose. If victory itself isn’t enough, what vague value judgments will their performances be subjected to?

Typically, there are a lot of different ways to look impressive in a fight. A quick finish is one way. A long, dominant performance is another. The bouts that win the ‘Fight of the Night’ bonuses are usually back-and-forth battles where each man has his moments. But as several fighters and trainers have pointed out in the past, getting ‘Fight of the Night’ means you probably got beat up at least some of the time. What’s so impressive about that?


“I think ultimately the fans want to see knockouts,” said Bader. “You think you’ve got to go out and knock someone out for it to be an impressive win. But it’s kind of hard to even know what an impressive win means.”

It’s also sometimes hard to make it happen all on your own. Is a win in an exciting, competitive fight more impressive? And if so, how do you guarantee that you’ll have a willing dance partner?

That’s a question both Bader and Machida will have to face. While Bader has his share of one-punch knockouts, the smart play for him might involve using his wrestling to nullify Machida’s striking game. Then again, takedowns and top control aren’t known for being all that impressive to most MMA fans.

It’s the same for Machida, who’s known for his “elusive” stand-up. Striking technicians and karate purists might appreciate a few rounds of hit-and-run mixed with sprawl-and-brawl, but would it be impressive enough to result in a title shot?

In Bader, Machida said he sees a fighter who “plays a lot with strategy” and “fights the way he can.” But for this fight, Bader made very sure that he wouldn’t be thrown off by Machida’s unorthodox style. His team brought in a karate world champion from Las Vegas to give him a Machida-esque look in training, he said.

“A lot of guys haven’t seen that in practice, so it’s a surprise when they get in the Octagon with him,” Bader said. “We put on the headgear and sparred some when he first came down, and you couldn’t tell that it wasn’t Machida. Same stance, same style.”

But then, in training he wasn’t focused on winning according to someone else’s definition of what’s impressive. He was focused on being the better of the two fighters in the cage rather than the most impressive of the four guys at the top of the card. And make no mistake, there is a difference.

Both Bader and Machida will tell you that this new wrinkle doesn’t change anything. Intellectually, they know that winning is always the first priority, regardless of what the boss says will happen later. Worrying too much about how you win is a good way to get yourself beat. But then, who wants to be the guy who gets passed over for playing it too safe? Who wouldn’t be thinking about ways to earn that title shot, whether they admit it before the fight or not?

Bader isn’t pretending that this doesn’t add a little bit of extra pressure. The whole impressive win contest that the light heavyweights have going on this time around “kind of makes you want to open up a little more and be reckless and careless and swing for the fences a little bit,” he said.

“But at the same time, that might get you in trouble,” he added. “Or it might win you a title shot.”

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