Brandon Vera and Mauricio Rua combated one another in a battle of attrition that nearly lasted four full rounds on Saturday, August 4. The bout formed the main event of UFC on FOX 4.
While Shogun was able to achieve the victory most expected he would, he did not do so with the ease that was predicted. On the contrary, Brandon Vera made it about as tough as possible on the former champion, thwarting his title aspirations, though conceding victory.
Even in a loss the performance was a coup for Vera, who exceeded general expectations and surprised no small number of critics.
The following slideshow is a list of five things that we learned from Vera's grueling performance at UFC on FOX 4.