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Out of the many headlines I could’ve chosen for this piece, I believe the phrase I repeated after each main event performance was the most fitting. Brandon Vera stayed in the pocket, took hard shots, and dealt back some of his own until he was dismantled in the Fourth round by Maricio Rua.

Lyoto Machida looked “Anderson Silva Esque” as he confused Bader with awkward motions and impressive poise right before catching Bader coming in with a clean right hand.

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Joe Lauzon kicked the night off with an impressive fight of the night and submission of the night performance against a prepared and focused Jamie Varner.  Hey Mike “Quick” Swick is back! In the second fight of the night he looked good from the opening bell and wethered some serious ground and pound to put DeMarques Johnson away with deadly intent after tossing him to the mat and immediately dropping bombs to put the dangerous striker away and earn the knockout of the night honors.

So what’s next for the winners of UFC on FOX 4?

Lyoto Machida will face the champ after Dan Henderson sorts out his bid for the title against Jon Jones on September 1st, at UFC 151. I’m not sure Lyoto is the most deserving but who is at this point? At least Lyoto’s style and apparently new training regimen are probably the biggest threats to Jon Jones, however meager they may be.

Shogun and Vera seemed like the fight of the night performance to me. I doubt Shogun has many of these hard fought battles left on reserve though. The facts are is he definitely is somewhere  near the top of the heap in the light heavy division.

I say give him Alexander “The mauler” Gustafsson. I think it’s fair to say that it would be a great title eliminator bout. Gustafsson is riding a 5 fight win streak in the UFC, his only loss being his second fight in the big show against Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis.

Joe Lauzon always puts on amazing fights. His brilliant fight and submission of the night performance earned him a six figure bonus for fifteen minutes of work last night. His only real flaw is his lack of consistency. Sure he has never dropped two fights in a row in his career, but then again it’s been a while since he strung more than two fights together in the UFC.

Looking back, he won his first three fights in the UFC. Unfortunately when he goes down, he goes down hard. Out of his 7 losses, 3 were by knockout, 3 by submission, and only 1 by decision. I say give him Guida. I would pay to see that one. Both men enter the octagon and go out on their sword.

Mike Swick is back. I said he would lose, I said ring rust would play a huge role, and I was wrong. I will say I was a little disturbed of Johnson’s ability to man handle Swick on the ground. I hope Swick takes note of this when preparing for future UFC elite completion. God knows they will be. I say give Swick the winner of Josh Koscheck and Jake Ellenberger.