Shogun and Lyoto: final words before moment of truth

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Shogun and Vera will square off in one of the evening’s main events / UFC publicity photo

There’s nothing more left to do but await the sound of the opening bell. Lyoto Machida and Mauricio Shogun had no trouble meeting their weight obligations at yesterday’s weigh-ins for UFC on Fox 4, which takes place tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

From here on out the fighters will be in full-on-concentration mode, as their final statements have been made.

“I want the winner of Jones vs. Henderson. My fight with Henderson was great, the fight of the year, and it was very evenly matched. I’m fine with it; it was an excellent fight. But it’s the fight with Jones that I’m hung up on. I could have done better, and I’d like to face him again. First, though, I have Vera ahead of me, and just beating him won’t be enough. I have to impress, and that’s what I trained to do,” said Shogun.

“My standup game is sharp, and I worked on wrestling a lot because Bader’s really strong in that department,” stated Machida. “I made some radical changes to my training, although karate has always been my main focus. I’m back en route to the title. I know what I need to do, and I’m ready for this opportunity,” Machida added.

Check out the complete card for UFC on Fox 4:

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Brandon Vera
Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader
Joe Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner
Mike Swick vs. DaMarques Johnson

Preliminary card

Cole Miller vs. Nam Phan
Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado
Josh Grispi vs. Rani Yahya
Phil De Fries vs. Oli Thompson
Manny Gamburyan vs. Michihiro Omigawa
Ulysses Gomez vs. John Moraga

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