UFC Event: Shogun vs. Vera on Aug. 4

Mauricio Rua is shown before a UFC 139 Mixed Martial Arts light heavyweight bout against Dan Henderson in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011.
Mauricio Rua is shown before a UFC 139 Mixed Martial Arts light heavyweight bout against Dan Henderson in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011.

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua takes on Brandon “The Truth” Vera in the main event of UFC on Fox this Saturday, Aug. 4. This is one of the most interesting mesh of styles that matchmaker Joe Silva has put together. In fact, the entire card is arguably much better than some Pay-Per-View events. Dana White has even stated that the fighter with the most impressive win in the two main bouts gets a light heavyweight title shot.

The most underrated bout of the night will be on the undercard, which will be shown in its entirety for free on Fuel TV. Top 10 light heavyweight Phil Davis faces off against Brazilian knockout artist Wagner Prado.

Main card: Live on Fox

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Brandon “The Truth” Vera

Mauricio Rua – Curitiba, Brazil, 6-0, 205 pounds, 20-6-0
Brandon Vera – Norfolk, Va., 6-3, 205 pounds, 12-5-1

Former Pride Fighting Championship juggernaut Mauricio “Shogun” Rua looks to get back to the No. 1 contender spot with a victory over Brandon “The Truth” Vera. However, Vera will look to use his height and range to keep Shogun’s Muay-Thai striking at bay. Vera is a wrestler by trade, but not bad on his feet. With that said, if Vera wants to leave with a victory, he should definitely stick to his ground game.

Also, at this point in Rua’s career, a loss would be devastating and probably nullify his chances for a UFC title shot. Losing to Vera may even put an end to his career in the UFC. To say there’s a lot on the line in the main event would be putting it lightly.

Rua by TKO (Strikes)

Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida vs. Ryan “Darth” Bader

Lyoto Machida – Bahia, Brazil, 6-1, 205 pounds, 17-3-0
Ryan Bader – Reno, Nev., 6-2, 205 pounds, 14-2-0

This co-main event will feature another intriguing match-up with Lyoto Machida, who is well-versed in karate, versus Ryan Bader, an exceptional wrestler. Both fighters have already faced current lightweight champion Jon Jones, but with an impressive win, can be the next in line for a title shot.

Machida appears to have the upper hand because of his superior takedown defense, therefore, Bader may not stand a chance if he cannot get this fight on the mat. Though no one wants to lose, Bader doesn’t have as much on the line in this fight. Machida, on the other hand, might be looking at retirement if he loses.

Machida by TKO (Strikes)

Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner

Joe Lauzon – East Bridgewater, Mass., 5-9, 155 pounds, 21-7-0
Jamie Varner – Phoenix, Ariz., 5-8, 155 pounds, 20-6-1

Joe Lauzon versus Jamie Varner should be a battle, but expect Lauzon to take over in the second round and end it early. This is the second fight that Jamie Varner has taken on short notice in the past two months. Varner is a warrior, but it may catch up to him Saturday night.

Lauzon by Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Mike “Quick” Swick vs. DaMarques Johnson

Swick by TKO (Strikes)

Undercard: Live on Fuel TV

Cole Miller vs. Nam Phan

Miller by Submission (Triangle Choke)

Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis vs. Wagner Prado

Davis by Split Decision

Phil De Fries vs. Oli Thompson

De Fries by TKO (Strikes)

Manvel Gamburyan vs. Michihiro Omigawa

Gamburyan by TKO (Strikes)

John Grispi vs. Rani Yahya

Grispi by Unanimous Decision

Ulysses Gomez vs. John Moraga

Gomez by Unanimous Decision