Shogun/Vera Winner Gets Title Shot
It looks like UFC on FOX 4 will produce the next title contender at 205-lbs. as Dana White has announced that the winner of Shogun Rua/Brandon Vera will get the next title shot at the winner of Jon Jones/Dan Henderson.
White sounded like he gave Rua the edge in his statement, saying:
“‘Shogun’ Rua just came off a ‘Fight of the Year’ last year,” said White referring to the Henderson fight. “He’s probably one of the best fighters of the last decade. Think about it. This guy knocked out ‘Rampage’, knocked out Chuck Liddell, knocked out Mark Coleman, knocked out Lyoto Machida, knocked out Forrest Griffin, knocked out Alistair Overeem twice, submitted Kevin Randleman. A win puts him right back in position, and then he’s probably the No. 2 guy in the world.”
Ed Soares, manager of Lyoto Machida (who is also on UFC on FOX 4) didn’t like the idea, opting instead for a rubbermatch between his fighter and Rua instead:
“If Lyoto wins and ‘Shogun’ wins, maybe make them the coaches of the next Brazilian ‘TUF,’ and have them fight the rubber match,” Soares told MMAjunkie.com.
“Lorenzo mentioned that ‘Shogun’ has mentioned something to him about possibly doing that. I think it’s a great idea. I think ‘Shogun’ is a huge name and a former champion, and so is Lyoto. They have a history. It’s 1-1. When you start looking at the data, you could almost lump the U.S., Canada and the U.K. together, and it wouldn’t be as many fans as there are here in Brazil,”
Meanwhile, three-time defending champion Jon Jones seemed puzzled by the decision to potentially put Shogun Rua or Brandon Vera against him, two fighters that Jones has faced in the UFC and demolished.
The winner of Shogun vs. Vera is guaranteed #1 contender at 205.
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