UFC on FOX 4: Shogun Rua finishes Brandon Vera in a thrillerPosted on August 4, 2012, 09:48 PM by Anton Gurevich
Former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, has delivered another Fight of the Year performance, this time going toe-to-toe with Brandon "The Truth" Vera.
The fight opened with Brandon Vera delivering perfect striking combinations that forced Rua to take the action down to the canvas. Former champ controlled Vera from the top, but failed to do any significant damage. Vera looked sharp in stand up, hurting Shogun with kicks and punches.
However, things changed in Round 2. Mauricio Rua opened with powerful punches, pushing Vera back to the fence. Rua followed-up with more strikes at the fence, nearly finishing Brandon Vera in process. Bloodied-up Vera managed to survive the onslaught, responding with strikes of his own. Rua looked exhausted, as the action moved into the third round.
The pair continued to trade punches, with Vera getting advantage of Shogun's slow-down. Alliance MMA product looked more diverse on his feet, in a certain way reminding Jon Jones' reach-based style of fighting. But despite Vera's heart and determination to get the 'W', Shogun's experience proved to be the deciding factor.
Deep into Round 4, The Brazilian legend delivered a crushing striking combination that proved to be too much for Brandon Vera. The Truth crumbled down, forcing the referee to stop the action at 4:04 minutes into the fourth round.
Mauricio Rua is now 21-6 in his career, successfully bouncing back from defeat to Dan Henderson. Unfortunately for Rua fans, he will not get a title shot, after the UFC President Dana White announced post-fight on FOX that Lyoto Machida is next in line for Jones vs. Hendo winner.