The recent injury to Brian Stann has forced the UFC to schedule a new main event completely for UFC on FOX 4 where the “All-American” middleweight was set to face Hector Lombard. Now, light heavyweights Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Brandon Vera will take the top billing.
UFC officials confirmed the fight, which will be a five rounder, late Tuesday night. It remains unknown if Lombard, a former Bellator middleweight champ, will still make his debut on the August 4 card or be pulled altogether.
Rua can likely relate to Lombard after losing his original opponent for UFC 149, Thiago Silva, due to injury. The former 205-pound champ has not fought since his memorable battle with Dan Henderson this past November.
The 12-5 Vera was removed from a fight with James Te Huna at UFC on Fuel 4. He has also been out of action since 2011 when he outpointed Eliot Marshall at UFC 137.
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