UFC 164 has its first bout as Ben Rothwell takes on Brandon Vera in Milwaukee. The bout will likely see the loser leave the promotion as both are coming off losses. MMAJunkie first reported the matchup.
The bout will be Vera’s first at heavyweight since his UFC 85 TKO loss to Fabricio Werdum in 2008. Vera was last in action at UFC on FOX 4, where he engaged in an ugly, but exciting, slugfest with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Vera is 1-1 in the UFC after being reinstated to the promotion after UFC 125 opponent Thiago Silva was suspended for falsifying his urine sample. His opponent, Ben Rothwell, is 2-3 in the UFC and dropped his last bout to Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC on FX 7.
The fight card will take place at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 31 and will air live on PPV. UFC heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem and lightweight Diego Sanchez is also expecting to land on the card against currently unnamed opponents.