After a ten month hiatus from competition Brandon Vera will finally step back into the ring with Ultimate Fighter 8 alumnus Eliot Marshall looking to squash to the Californian’s hopes of returning to form after a string of losses temporarily cost “The Truth” his job earlier this year. The two light heavyweights, who are both in need of a win to secure their continued employment with the organization, will face off at UFC 137 as part of a lineup featuring welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre taking on top contender Nick Diaz in the main event.
News of the October 29 pairing was announced by the UFC over the weekend.
Vera’s last fight came on New Year’s Day against Thiago Silva where he was outpointed, then subsequently released based on back-to-back defeats prior to the performance, before being given a reprieve when it came to light Silva had used steroids in preparation for the match-up. The lanky light heavyweight hasn’t won since August 2009 when he beat Krzysztof Soszynski at UFC 102 meaning the stakes are clearly “do or die” this fall.
The 10-3 Marshall also finds himself in a similar position after receiving a pink-slip late last year, then getting another opportunity as a late replacement for the injured Karlos Vemola at UFC 129 against Luiz Cane who ultimately knocked the affable 31-year old out a few minutes into the first frame. With a full camp to prepare for Vera, Marshall will look to build on a 3-2 record in the UFC with wins over Jason Brilz and Vinny Magalhaes.
Other bouts scheduled for UFC 137 include surging welterweight Carlos Condit taking on former double-division champ B.J. Penn, highly-ranked heavyweight Frank Mir against TUF 10 winner Roy Nelson, and undefeated Matt Mitrione duking it out with French kickboxer Cheick Kongo.
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