Brandon Vera set to face Ben Rothwell at Heavyweight for UFC 164


It seems like the Light-heavyweight experiment is officially over for Brandon Vera, well at least for now.

The former Heavyweight moved down to 205lbs attaining a mediocre 4-4 record in the process, and is now looking to return to the weight class that saw him debut with what can be considered the equivalent amount of success that we saw from Jon Jones in his first few fights in the UFC.

When Vera made his debut in 2005 he looked like a very promising future title contender and potential heavyweight champion, defeating 4 consecutive opponents in a row, finishing them within the first two rounds. That list of victims included none other than former Heavyweight champion Frank Mir.

Vera however went on to lose his next two fights to Tim Sylvia and Fabricio Werdum, finally making his debut at 205lbs in 2008, he simply hasn’t found the same success since.

“The Truth” will be looking to make a fresh start in the division, given that he is 35 years old, there’s not doubt the clock is ticking and he’d like to see what he can accomplish in the time he has left.

With that said, his upcoming opponent Ben Rothwellhas also seen his fair share of adversity, alternating wins and losses since his UFC debut in 2009. Rothwell looks to bounce back from a second round submission loss to Gabriel Gonzaga.

UFC 164 takes place August 31, 2013 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. No other bouts have been announced, although reports are linking both Alistair Overeem and Diego Sanchez to the card.

  • Brandon Vera had an amazing run in 2005 and 2006…..Since 2007, he has put together four wins and 7 losses…If he couldn't get the job done at light heavyweight, I can't see him doing much better at Heavyweight. Too many years have passed by since 2005-2006. in my humble opinion he won't have the strength

  • I completely agree with enjoylife,
    Vera must be crazy for wanting to fight in the heavyweight division..
    Another explanation could be that he wants to fight a couple of times more, before he calls it quits, and just doesn't want to go through the weight cutting procedure anymore.
    I like the guy , but after the Jones and especially the Thiago fight , it was pretty clear that he needed to do alot of work to keep up with the rest of the division imo

    • I agree for the most part. Although Ben Rothwell isn't the greatest challenge for Vera's skill set, so this could be a one sided Muay Thai beating if he Rothwell can't land a power shot.