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Brandon Vera on Fighting Mauricio "Shogun" Rua: "I'm So Ready for This"

Brandon Vera was out of the UFC after a third consecutive loss to Thiago Silva back in 2011. However, when Silva failed his drug test and the result was changed to a no-contest, "The Truth" was granted a second chance.

Vera defeated Eliot Marshall, and now, thanks to his willingness to take on Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, finds himself a win away from competing for the UFC light heavyweight title.

This Saturday night in the main event of UFC on Fox: Shogun Vs. Vera, the next contender to the belt will be decided. The card goes down from Los Angeles' Staples Center.

After rising through the ranks of the UFC, Vera was looking like a future champion. Sitting at 8-0 after a win over former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir, Vera was placed in a bout with Tim Sylvia.

Sylvia scored a decision, and Vera was stopped by Fabricio Werdum in his next fight. That prompted the move to light heavyweight, where "The Truth" went 3-1 before a decision loss to former champion Randy Couture and current UFC 205-pound champ Jon Jones.

"I'm so ready for this," Vera said. "This is 'The Truth' resurging. I feel like I have won the lottery twice, not just fighting a legend like 'Shogun' on Fox, but having the chance to get a title shot. 'The Truth' is going to shine."

Vera is 12-5 with one no-contest in his 10-year pro MMA career. He owns seven knockout victories and one submission triumph.

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