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UFC on Fox 4 Main Card Staff Picks

UFC on Fox 4 takes place tonight live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. MMAFrenzy continues its coverage on tonight’s event with our staff picks. Be sure to check out our reader picks as well.

Just as a general rule, these are for fun, and Leonard Garcia always wins at least one fight on every card by split decision (even when he loses).

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Brandon Vera

“After that legendary battle with Dan Henderson, it remains to be seen if Rua will ever be the same again. The fact remains, however, Vera is a muay Thai stylist who remains largely inactive, sits back and attempts to counter. Even more worrisome is that he simply cannot keep anyone away from his body and consistently finds himself on the ground or up against the cage. Shogun’s devastating ground and pound, aggression, and Thai clinch make this a putrid match-up for ‘The Truth.’ Shogun by TKO.” – Jesse Denis

  • Rua: 5
  • Vera: 0

Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader

“Striker vs wrestler. Bader has heavy hands, but I feel he will not get a chance to use them against Machida. Everyone knows Machida has such an elusive fighting style and Bader will discover he will not be able to land any power strikes or get Machida to the ground. Machida by UD” – Will

“While he may not have the speed or agility to keep up with Machida, Bader’s size and ability to ‘cut the ring’  give him a reasonable shot at being able to do what he does best and ground the Brazilian fighter and land enough to win rounds. The biggest x-factor for Bader will be his hand placement. He has let it slip in the past and it cost him dearly in his loss to Tito Ortiz, it is a mistake he cannot make against one of the most accurate strikers in MMA.” – Chris Leslie

  • Machida: 4
  • Bader: 1

Joe Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner

“It’s the “Magic Monkey” Joe Lauzon versus the most hated man in the business, Jamie Varner. If Lauzon comes out ready to kick tail, he’ll win and win handily. However, Jamie Varner is a solid fighter and someone that if you take him even remotely lightly will rise up and bite you in the proverbial behind (as actual biting is frowned on in the Octagon). It’s good to see Varner rejuvenated after fighting with his demons (and only barely eking out a Leonard Garcia-esque split decision) and back as a focused, motivated fighter. You can’t have heroes without having heels.” – Steve “Bsbiz” Barnes

“Jamie Varner returns as the man everyone loves to hate. The former WEC Champion had a bit of a skid at the end of the WEC days before rejuvenating his career within smaller promotions. If he can keep the fight standing and successfully defend J-Lau’s takedown/submission attempts, he will get the win. In his pro career, Lauzon has never dropped two fights in a row. Unfortunately, history will not repeat itself.” – Will

  • Lauzon: 4
  • Varner: 1

Mike Swick vs. Demarques Johnson

“I’m torn in this one, I think Swick is the better fighter, but he’s been out for something like 900+ days while Johnson has fought 6 times while Swick has been out, going 3-3. If ring rust comes into it Johnson might pull it out, but I think Swick will look good in his return and pull this one out.” – Newfie

  • Swick: 4
  • Johnson: 0
  • Leonard Garcia: 1


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