At UFC on Fox 4, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua will look to avoid the first losing streak of his career in a puzzling main event against a downtrodden Brandon Vera.
For the better part of the past three years, Vera's only victory has come against UFC castoff Eliot Marshall, yet he finds himself in a position to redeem his recent troubles on MMA's biggest stage. Meanwhile, Rua is only a few fights removed from losing his light heavyweight title to current champion Jon Jones. A dominant victory over Vera in a Fox-televised event could put the Brazilian back on track for a rematch with Jones.
Though Rua and Vera will compete in the card's final fight, many consider a co-main event between Lyoto Machida and Ryan Bader to be the main attraction at UFC on Fox 4.
Machida will be returning to the Octagon following a loss to Jones in a bout where he looked better than most against the dominant titleholder. Like Rua, Vera and Machida, Bader is also seeking a rematch with Jones after winning his past two fights.
To promote UFC on Fox 4, which will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles, a pre-fight press conference will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. ET. Event headliners Rua, Vera, Machida and Bader will likely join UFC president Dana White for the presser.
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