One of the most frequently asked questions I receive from readers is “when is Vera going to be fighting again” and coming in a close second is “who will he fight when he returns”. Although nothing is official at this point it appears that the answer to the first question is August.
A recent piece about Vera in MMA Weekly indicates “The Truth” is currently aiming to return in August, likely at UFC 74. Here is a quote from Vera:
“Iâ€™ve been traveling and training, I just got back from Thailand. I want to be back in August. Iâ€™ve been training and my weight is already down to 228. Iâ€™m not even training for a fight, but Iâ€™m training hard right now.”
Although no opponent has been announced for the fight there has been rampant speculation since his last fight more than 6 months ago over who Vera would face when he returned. One of the most intriguing match ups that had been mentioned recently was with new UFC recruit Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira but “Nog” is now set to face Heath Herring.
Perhaps the most likely candidate for the fight now is Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic based upon Cro Cop’s last fight at UFC 70 and their status as heavyweight contenders. Another possibility is Andrei Arlovski who recently had his shot at the title taken away and may use this fight to propel himself straight into title contetion. A Vera win may also earn him a title shot.
So who does “The Truth” want to meet in the octagon? All of the above…And Chuck Liddell. Here’s another quote from Vera:
“Arlovski, Nogueira, CroCopâ€¦especially Chuck [Liddell]. I still want Chuck.”
There are sure to be a lot of happy UFC fans now that an estimated date on Vera’s return has been made public. The only disappointing news is that we’ll have to wait over 3 more months to see one of the UFC’s top contenders return to the octagon.