August 4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Brandon Vera fights Shogun Rua during UFC on FOX at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Vera Returning to Heavyweight at UFC 164 Against Ben Rothwell


At one point earlier in his career, UFC fighter Brandon Vera had hopes of being a two division champion at heavyweight and light-heavyweight. After a brilliant start to his UFC career, Vera stumbled and was never able to find his way. He became dedicated to the light-heavyweight division for a number of years, but now he is looking to move back up to heavyweight this summer.

MMA Junkie is reporting that Vera will be meeting Ben Rothwell at UFC 164 on August 31 at Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

The loser of this bout will likely end up being released from the organization.

In his last five fights in the octagon, Vera is 1-3 with one no contest, while Rothwell sits at 2-3.

Vera vs. Rothwell is the first fight to be confirmed for UFC 164, but Diego Sanchez has been rumored to be on the fight card along with heavyweight Alistair Overeem. There is currently no word on whether or not the Vera vs. Rothwell fight will be on the main card or preliminary card, but it would make sense to use Vera in a featured fight on the undercard.

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