Given how amazing UFC on FOX 4 had been up to that point, many feared that the card’s final bout, the co-main event between Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Brandon Vera, would not live up to the hype.
They were wrong. It did.
There were a lot of great styles and techniques showcased on Saturday night, but nobody exhibited the sort of heart, resiliency and will to win that Rua and Vera did from the beginning to end of their match. Vera opened strong and looked really impressive in bursts, but Rua maintained the sort of consistent control of the bout that we expected him to.
This fight was a war and Vera looked better in it than he has in years, but Rua was clearly the superior fighter throughout. Unfortunately, because Vera had put up the sort of battle that he did, he wound up costing Rua a shot at the winner of September’s Jon Jones versus Dan Henderson showdown.
Check out the highlights of this fight below.