Former UFC light heavyweight champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua can secure another crack at the belt with a win this Saturday night. At the same time, Brandon Vera can finally reach his ultimate goal with a victory, as well.
Rua and Vera will compete in the main event of UFC on FOX 4 from Los Angeles. UFC President Dana White confirmed on Monday that the winner will become the #1 contender in the division.
“The Vera-Rua winner gets the shot,” said White during a media conference call. “Guys that are fighting on FOX are guys in line for world title shots.”
News of Vera being involved in a contender match came as a surprise, as “The Truth” is just 1-2 with one No Contest in his last four fights. However, White cited his willingness to step up and take the bout with Rua as a reason for giving the fight its due.
“Shogun” is also just 1-2 in his last three but fought to a decision with Dan Henderson in what many consider the Fight of the Year in 2011. He also dropped the title to Jones via TKO that year.
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