UFC on Fox 4 is going down this weekend and shins will be flying all over the place as Mauricio Shogun Rua takes on Brandon Vera in the main event. I am sooo pumped for this fight! Fair enough, neither guy has been consistent over the past… well 6 years. BUT when either of these guys take a fight seriously they provide some of the most violent displays of striking in MMA! Vera knows that this is his last chance at a career in the UFC and Shogun has always followed a defeat with devastating finishes of his next opponent.
On paper this is set to be an entertaining night; Lyoto Machida faces Ryan Bader in the co main event and Mike Swick returns to fight DaMarques Johnson, a guy I have despised ever since he was on TUF. Jamie Varner will look to continue his return to form by taking on an equally scrappy guy in Joe Lauzon. Although I don’t like it, Phil Davis has been relegated to the prelims to make way for these two fights, but there will be some kind of business decision in there somewhere.
With four top ten Light Heavyweights on the card, this event is much more important than it seemed a few weeks ago. Last night Dana White ‘confirmed’ that the winner would get a title shot against the Jon Jones/ Dan Henderson winner. I don’t know if this will be one of his empty promises that actually relies on unspoken caveats. But maybe he is just hoping that PPVs will be driven up as the winner of this fight will be seen by a large audience. Not sure, but the idea of having a Hendo vs Shogun rematch for the title gives me fist boners.
This video preview will get your juices flowing.