No Lombard or Stann? No Problem!
The high profile card, once originally headlined by ‘The All American’ Brian Stann and the debuting Hector Lombard, is waiting for us. Since the announcement, however, the UFC has been infested by the dreaded injury bug! One of the first domino’s to fall was Brain Stann, eliminating from meeting Hector Lombard. Lombard is now slated to meet Tim Boetsch, who was supposed to meet the-sense-injured Michael Bisping. But don’t fret, MMA fans! We still ourselves a killer card!
What Could Be At Stake?
- Shogun needs a win: It’s been an up-and-down road for Rua since joining the UFC ranks. Laying claim to a 4-4 record, the MMA legend is in major need of a victory. While his losses to Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson are controversial,
Rua needs a win to help shed his image of being “afraid” after reports surfaced saying he not only refused to fight top prospect Glover Texira, but also said he would rather leave the UFC than fight the up-start Brazilian!
- Is This It For Machida?: Remember when The Dragon was the undefeated mystery whose code could not be cracked? Well, in his past four fights, that code has been cracked three times as Lyoto is currently 1-3 in his past four bouts. A win over Ryan Bader would be huge for Machida, but a loss could be much more devastating.
- Can Hapa Prove He Belongs?: Outside of JDS and Cain Velasquez, many people shake their head at the UFC’s heavyweight division. While there is talent there, it’s hard to find. The first place you may look for this talent is Travis Browne. At 13-0-1, and with some highlight reel finishes, Browne is looking to show why his name needs to be mentioned with Junior and Cain.
- Battle of Finishers: The 155 lbs division is fun. Plain and simple. At UFC on Fox 4 we get to see two of it’s most exciting finishers go at it! Terry Etim and Joe Lauzon will square off. Between the two, they have finished 35 fights, and have a combined 29 career submission victories! Don’t expect this one to last the full 15 minutes.
Those aren’t the only story lines that await us in August. We also get to see if Matt Mitrione still has some magic left in his bag of tricks. Can Cole Miller over-come his slump and show that his cocky persona is worth the hype? Will the one time title contender, Josh Grispi, regain footing in the featherweight division? When Michihiro Omigawa and Manny Gamburyan duke it out, will the loser be cut?
The other interesting one relates to the hot prospect, Phil Davis. Davis, fresh off of a loss to Rashad Evans, was firmly in the title picture at 205. The loss set him back, and he returns to action to face the debuting Wagner Prado. However, this is no easy task for Mr. Wonderful, as Prado boasts an 8-0 record, seven of which have come by way of KO or TKO!
Needless to say, we have ourselves an interesting card! And with all these story lines brewing, it only makes sense that UFC On Fox 4 takes place in Los Angles, California!