Article by Nedu Obi
Here is the promotional video for UFC on FOX 4: Mauricio Rua vs. Brandon Vera, which takes place in seven days’ time.
Rua will attempt to bounce back from defeat following his highly acclaimed clash with Dan â€œHendoâ€ Henderson in November of 2011.
The match in question garnered Fight of the Night honors and has also been heralded as one the greatest fights in the history of the Zuffa-based promotion.
At UFC 128, Jon Jones literally ripped the 205-pound championship from his grasp. Five months later, the PRIDE legend avenged a defeat over old foe and former 205-pound titlist Forrest Griffin, winning via first-round knockout.
Vera, a former WEC heavyweight tourney winner, is also on a redemptive mission of sorts having lost fights to Randy Couture, Jones and Thiago Silva (the fight with Silva was later overturned to a no-contest after it was revealed Silvaâ€™s urine sample was inconsistent with human urine).
That said, in his last outing, Vera scored a unanimous decision victory over Eliot Marshall.
The video also features co-main-eventers Lyoto â€œThe Dragonâ€ Machida and Ryan â€œDarthâ€ Bader.
Machida has had a rough time of late and is looking to get back to his winning ways. First he lost his light heavyweight belt to Rua.
Next was a split-decision loss to Quinton Jackson before he turned the tide and defeated former two-division titlist Randy Couture. Nevertheless, in his last bout, he came unstuck against the divisional reigning champ, Jon â€œBonesâ€ Jones.
With regards to Bader, not so long ago, he was near enough on the hot seat after falling to both Jones and former light heavyweight king Tito Ortiz.
However, two victories (Jason Brilz and â€œRampageâ€ Jackson) later, heâ€™s now on course to make it three in a row, which could probably thrust him back into the title mix.
Hereâ€™s the show’s full card.
(FUEL TV 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT)
John Moraga vs. Ulysses Gomez
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Manny Gamburyan
Oli Thompson vs. Phil De Fries
Josh Grispi vs. Rani Yahya
Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado
Nam Phan vs. Cole Miller
(FOX 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)
Mike Swick vs. DaMarques Johnson
Joe Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner
Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader
Mauricio Rua vs. Brandon Vera
UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera is scheduled to take place on August 4, 2012 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.