By Jamie McAllister
Dana White announced today during a media conference call that the winner of the UFC On FOX 4 main event will be the next man to challenge for the UFC Light-Heavyweight Title.
The bout will be contested between Shogun Rua and Brandon Vera. Shogun was defeated by Jones at UFC 128 and is coming off a loss to the current number one contender Dan Henderson White explained his decision.
“Shogun Rua just came off the fight of the year last year and he’s probably one of the greatest fighters in the world in the last decade. This guy knocked out Rampage (Jackson), knocked out Chuck Liddell, knocked out Mark Coleman, knocked out Lyoto Machida, knocked out Forrest Griffin, knocked out Alistair Overeem twice, submitted Kevin Randleman. A win puts this guy right back into position, and he’s probably the No. 2 guy in the world.”
Vera is currently (1-2-1) in his last four UFC bouts. Vera was cut from the UFC following his loss to Thiago Silva before it was changed to a no-contest due to Silva handing in a false urine sample and Vera was reinstated. On top of that Vera was dominated and finished in the first round by the current Light-Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones at UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones back in 2010.
“Brandon is a guy who burst onto the scene, was gonna be a 205-pound champion, a heavyweight champion, was running through guys left and right. I don’t know what happened, but it’s about opportunities,”
“He accepted this opportunity to fight one of the greatest fighters of this decade and we’ll see what he does with it.”
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