By Jamie McAllister
The UFC having matched Hector Lombard with Tim Boetsch at UFC 149 and Stann out injured this has left the UFC on FOX 4 show without a main event.
Enter Shogun Rua who’s UFC 149 opponent Thiago Silva withdrew from the bout due to injury and will now face Brandon Vera.
Here’s the announcement directly from UFC.com.
The new main event on August 4 will be a five-round light heavyweight battle between two of the best Muay Thai strikers in the game, Brandon Vera and former champion Shogun Rua. Rua is riding the momentum of the fight of the century against Dan Henderson, while Vera is back in the win column and looking to make a statement after being sidelined earlier this year due to injury himself.
Rua is being plucked from the UFC 149 card in Calgary, where he was set to face Thiago Silva until Silva suffered an injury. Vera, meanwhile, was training for a bout with James Te Huna at the July FUEL TV event. A new opponent for Te Huna is expected to be named shortly.
After the withdrawal of Thiago Silva at UFC 149 Shogun had been slated to face Glover Teixeira in the co-main event bout at UFC 149, However it seemed as though Rua’s camp wanted no part of Teixeira.
Vera in his last bout only just got the win after a closely contested fight with Elliot Marshall. Marshall broke Vera’s arm in the bout at UFC 137 and he has spent the last seven months recovering from the injury.
Shogun who returns to the octagon after possibly the greatest fight in the history of the sport with Dan Henderson at UFC 139 which he lost via unanimous decision. Against Vera he will be looking to get his name back in the win collum and improve his overall record of (20-6).Tags: featured, Hector Lombard, mma, MMA NEWS, Shogun Rua, ufc, ufc news, UFC on FOX 4