UFC on Fox 4′s main event just got a lot more important, as the winner of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Brandon Vera will receive a title shot against UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. The two will battle for the opportunity this Saturday night on Fox. UFC President Dana White announced the decision on the UFC on Fox 4 media call.
White stated when asked about the possible title implications:
“Yes, ’Shogun’ Rua just came off a ‘Fight of the Year’ last year, He’s probably one of the best fighters of the last decade. Think about it. This guy knocked out ‘Rampage’ (Jackson), 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 vs. [Vera] puts him right back in position, and then he’s probably the No. 2 guy in the world.”
Both Vera and Rua have lost to Jones in devastating fashion and have a combined record of 3-4-1 in their last four fights.
UFC on Fox 4 takes place this Saturday night, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The four-fight card will also feature the return of Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida as he takes on Ryan Bader.