Ryan Bader vs Lyoto MachidaNo one can accuse UFC president Dana White of not listening to the fans and being a big enough man to change his mind.

On Monday, White announced that the winner of the UFC on Fox 4 main event between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Brandon Vera would get the next title shot at 205 pounds.

The shock over the decision came as a surprise to most because the reigning light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones literally walked through both fighters within the last two years.

Add that to the fact that Brandon Vera has gone 1-2 with one no contest in his last four fights, and everyone was left scratching their heads at the mind boggling decision maker by the most powerful man in mixed martial arts.

Even UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones was perplexed at the idea of facing either of those competitors after making a strong case that it should take either of them quite a winning streak to earn another trip to the cage with him.

“Scratching my head,” Jones wrote on Twitter when hit with the news of the new contender to be crowned at UFC on Fox 4.

So after a day of venomous backlash from the masses of UFC fans, White opted to once again open up the light heavyweight title shot to any of the top four competitors competing at UFC on Fox 4 this weekend.

“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 told MMAWeekly.com content partner Yahoo! Sports.

“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.”

The four guys White referenced include Rua and Vera as well as the other featured light heavyweight tilt between former champion Lyoto Machida and Ryan Bader.

The reigning king at 205 pounds might still be left scratching his head a bit because he’s finished both Machida and Bader as well within the last two years, but his options are now a bit more open.

Jones still has his own big test ahead as he faces former Strikeforce and Pride champion Dan Henderson at UFC 151 coming up in September, and should he lose the belt then it obviously opens up a whole new list of scenarios.

For now though, the four light heavyweights on this weekend’s card are all fighting for something special and the one that puts on the most impressive performance should be a very happy man come Saturday night.

Follow @DamonMartin on Twitter or e-mail Damon Martin.
For more
UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Nate Diaz Hints at UFC 200 Withdrawal as Dana White Denies Conor McGregor Return

  • 28 days ago
  • 106 views

MMA star Nate Diaz has hinted he could be set to miss UFC 200, suggesting on social media that he’s about to set off on holiday. The Stockton star was set to fight Conor McGregor in the showpiece’s m read news >>

Donald Cerrone on 'Mr. Press Conference' McGregor, why he skipped UFC on FOX 19

  • 28 days ago
  • 153 views

LAS VEGAS – UFC lightweight Donald Cerrone has some sympathy for featherweight champ Conor McGregor, but only so much.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC read news >>

Dana White Still Wants Nate Diaz to Fight at UFC 200 Sans Conor McGregor

  • 28 days ago
  • 239 views

Dana White is leaving the door open for Nate Diaz to fight at UFC 200 sans Conor McGregor. read news >>

Dana White Slammed by Don Frye over Conor McGregor's UFC 200 Spot

  • 27 days ago
  • 310 views

UFC veteran Don Frye thinks Dana White is in the wrong when it comes to the Conor McGregor dispute, which has seen the Irishman removed from the main event at UFC 200. McGregor refused to fulfil his read news >>

With Conor McGregor Out, Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones Rematch Heads UFC 200

  • 27 days ago
  • 18 views

Dana White and a bevy of UFC fighters took over GMA to announce that the rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones would now headline UFC 200. read news >>

VIDEO: Dana White’s Big UFC 200 Announcement, Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier React

  • 27 days ago
  • 80 views

Watch as UFC president Dana White announces the new UFC 200 main event. Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier react to their headlining rematch. read news >>

Watch the UFC takeover on Good Morning America

  • 28 days ago
  • 6 views

The UFC takeover was in full effect on Good Morning America on Wednesday when UFC president Dana White, bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, Daniel Cormier, Jon Jones, Chuck Liddell, Paige VanZant and read news >>

Dana White Says Conor McGregor Responsible for UFC 200 Withdrawal

  • 26 days ago
  • 144 views

Conor McGregor only has himself to blame for missing out on UFC 200, according to company boss Dana White. The Irishman’s bout with Nate Diaz was scrapped from the bill after he decided not to fulfil read news >>

Holly Holm Possible UFC on FOX 20 Headliner; Gilbert Melendez vs. Edson Barboza Announced

  • 20 days ago
  • 32 views

UFC on FOX 20 received a bout pitting Gilbert Melendez vs. Edson Barboza, and could also include Holly Holm and Anthony Johnson's next fights. read news >>

Holly Holm, Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson to Return on Stacked UFC on Fox 20

  • 19 days ago
  • 61 views

UFC on Fox 20 went from empty to absolutely packed with a series of fight announcements on Wednesday night. The headliner? An interesting striker vs. striker matchup between former women's bantamweig read news >>