UFC on Fox 4 Preview

The UFC has seen a break in action over the last few weeks but the small gap in fights is only leading to some big fights in the next two months. At UFC 150 will feature a lightweight title fight between Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar. UFC 151 will move up in weight to see Dan Henderson take on Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones for the title. At UFC 152 the promotion will go to Toronto to conclude the Flyweight tournament with Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson fighting for the first ever Flyweight belt. With so many great fights coming up the UFC will be taking a break from their usual free fights as only pay per view fights will be seen for the next month. Before the break from these free fights though the UFC will see one more fight on Fox that will act as a taste of what is to come in the coming months. UFC on Fox 4 will only feature three fights but they will be three great fights that promise to wet any fight fans appetite for the run of titles. The Main Event on Fox will feature a light heavyweight title fight with two fighters looking to get back on track. Although both Brandon Vera and Mauricio Rua are looking to get back on the track to the title they are both in very different positions. For Vera the situation has escalated to the point of almost being cut from the UFC. Vera had plenty of promise in the UFC when he started his career as he went 4-0 in his first four fights in the UFC. Then two losses in a row derailed his rise up the light heavyweight ladder. For the next few fights Vera continued to win and then lose not being able to really gain any traction in his run at the title. In 2009 it got even worse as a loss to Randy Couture began a four fight losing streak that pushed Vera to the bottom of the division. After being one of the ones to watch in the UFC Vera had quickly become one of the many fighters looking to make themselves known in the undercards. A win against Eliot Marshall has put Vera back on the right path but it will not be enough to put him back near the top. A win against Rua could achieve this goal as beating Rua convincingly may just put Vera back among the top contenders while a loss could put him closer to being cut. For Rua the situation is not nearly as dire as the situation for Vera but the fight will still mean a chance to move back up the light heavyweight ladder. In 2011 Rua was the champion who took on Jon Jones for the belt. Jones won and sent Rua away without a belt. The former champion moved on to beat Forrest Griffin but then lost to Dan Henderson, who will face Jones for the title in September. For Rua the fight against Vera is a way to avoid a losing streak and remain at the top of the division. If Rua can win he will remain in the hunt with only one or two fights between him and another shot at the belt. For Vera it is about adding a big name to his resume while Rua will be looking to fend off the challengers and remain at the top of the division. It could end up being a war as well with two strong fighters who prefer to stand. Neither are particularly great in the ground game although Vera would gain the edge if the fight went to the mat. For Rua the plan will likely be to close the gap and prevent Vera from using his great kicks by clinching with him and using his superior Muay Thai skills. Both Vera and Rua really want this fight as they both look to get on the path to the light heavyweight title but it will be Rua who uses his experience to overcome Vera in a unanimous decision victory.

The main card will only include two fights besides the main event as a total of 6 fighters will get their shot in front of a national audience. To open the main card Joe Lauzon will take on Jamie Varner in a match-up of two fighters on the opposite ends of the spectrum. For Lauzon the fight against Varner represents an attempt to get back in the win column. After stringing together two wins and gaining some momentum in the lightweight division. Then came top contender Anthony Pettis who earned a first round KO against J-Lau and ended his climb. Varner on the other hand is just beginning his climb as the fight against Lauzon will be his second in the UFC after coming over from the WEC. Varner made his impact in his first fight when he beat Edson Barboza with a first round KO. Varner will look to make it 2-for-2 in the UFC when he takes on Lauzon as he looks to shoot up the lightweight division after struggling in the WEC before making the transition. The fight will be a good matchup of a well-rounded Varner who will need to fend off submission attempts by Lauzon. The fights will continue on with a Light Heavyweight classic between the veteran and the young gun. Lyoto Machida has been in the fight game for years and is a former champion and will be coming off of a loss to Jon Jones when he takes on the young Ryan Bader. Machida is looking to get back to the title shot that he lost in a second round submission loss to Jones. Machida is looking to recover but will need to take on the young and talented Ryan Bader. Bader has been around for a few years in the UFC making him slightly more than a rookie and was on his way to a title shot. Then he suffered two losses to Jon Jones and Tito Ortiz halting his title run. Since then he has rattled off two wins in a row and adding Lyoto Machida to his resume will go a long way to getting him back to the path to the title. Both fighters will be looking to get back much like the rest of the fights in this card that will act as a great warm-up to a string of great title fights.

 

Fight Card:

Main Event:

Mauricio “Shogun Rua” vs. Brandon “The Truth” Vera (Fox/Sportsnet ONE)

 

Main Card:

Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida vs. Ryan “Darth” Bader (Fox/Sportsnet ONE)

 

Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner (Fox/Sportsnet ONE)

 

Undercard:

Mike “Quick” Swick vs. Damarques “Darkness” Johnson (Sportsnet ONE)

 

Cole “Magrinho” Miller vs. Nam Phan (Sportsnet ONE)

 

Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis vs. Wagner “Caldeirao” Prado (Sportsnet ONE)

 

Josh “The Fluke” Grispi vs. Rani Yahya (Sportsnet ONE)

 

Phil De Fries vs. Oli Thompson (Facebook)

 

Manny “The Anvil” Gamburyan vs. Michihiro Omigawa (Facebook)

 

John Moraga vs. Ulysses “Useless” Gomez (Facebook)

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