I don't think the fights would have gone down any differently had he put that out there or not. Machida would've still KO'd bader and Shogun would've still gone to war with Vera.
IDK about the Vera statement. Brandon Vera hasn't banged like that in a long, long time.
This is just my opinion though... I'm thinking even Bader was trying to make something spectacular happen to get that shot and he got sloppy and Machida capitolized.