UFC on FOX 4: Shogun vs. Vera card
Can Vera score the Ultimate upset?
UFC on FOX 4: Shogun vs. Vera takes place Saturday Aug 4, 2012, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
Main Card on FOX (8pm/ET)
Light heavyweight bout: Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (20-6) vs. Brandon Vera (12-5) - Five round main event
Light heavyweight bout: Ryan Bader (14-2) vs. Lyoto Machida (17-3)
Heavyweight bout: Ben Rothwell (32-8) vs. Travis Browne (13-0-1)
7/25/12: UFC.com confirms Ben Rothwell suffered an ankle injury and the Travis Browne fight has been scrapped. The UFC seems to wisely think Browne, a top heavyweight prospect, deserves a bigger name than a late replacement--especially when he's trying to build himself up. If that's the case, I couldn't agree more.
Now promoted to the main card - Welterweight bout: DaMarques Johnson (15-10) vs. Mike Swick (14-4) - This is TUF 1 alum Swick's first fight in nearly three years, after battle throat/stomach complications and recovering from a torn ACL.
Lightweight bout: Joe Lauzon (21-7) vs. Jamie Varner (20-6-1) - Varner replaces the injured Terry Etim and has a chance to go 2-0 in his UFC/Zuffa comeback
Preliminary Card on FUEL TV
Featherweight bout: Cole Miller (18-6) vs. Nam Phan (17-10)
Light heavyweight bout: Phil Davis (9-1) vs. Wagner Prado (8-0) - This is Davis' first fight since his only loss suffered against Rashad Evans in January at UFC on FOX 2. Prado replaces the injured Chad Griggs.
Heavyweight bout: Philip De Fries (8-1) vs. Oli Thompson (9-3)
Featherweight bout: Rani Yahya (16-7) vs. Josh Grispi (14-3)
Featherweight bout: Manny Gamburyan (11-7) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (13-11-1)
A heavyweight bout between Rob Broughton and Matt Mitrione has been scrapped.
Preliminary Fight on Facebook.com/UFC
Flyweight bout: Ulysses Gomez (9-2) vs. John Moraga (10-1) - Gomez replaces Ian McCall
Check out our interview w/ UFC fighter Jim Miller: