Brandon Vera outperformed expectations against Mauricio Rua at UFC on Fox 4, but television ratings for the event may still reflect what was widely considered a case of poor matchmaking for the feature bout of a Fox-televised fight card.
The UFC has always prided itself on putting together fights fans want to see. However, with the opportunity to put together a rubber match between Rua and Lyoto Machida at UFC on Fox 4, the company instead opted to insert the low-ranked Vera into a main event against one of the 205-pound division's top fighters.
Despite the organization's long history of excellent matchmaking, the bout between Rua and Vera was only one example in a recent string of questionable decisions made by Joe Silva, Sean Shelby and crew. Here are the five most puzzling fights put together by the UFC through the first seven months of 2012.