The Truth vs. The Fire. Both men earned reprieves from the organization in different ways, and the loser of this bout will probably be out of the organization again. So there's a lot on the line when former top contender Brandon Vera (11-5, 1 NC, 7-5 UFC) meet TUF 8 veteran Eliot Marshall (10-3, 3-2 UFC) in a light heavyweight bout at UFC 137.
Vera is currently ranked at number 25 at light heavyweight on the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings, while Marshall is currently unranked. Vera has steadily slipped down the chart over the last couple of years, but a win would at least keep him in the top 25. A Marshall win would go a long way towards earning some ranking points for him. This light heavyweight UFC 137 fight will be on the preliminary card, which will be streamed live on Facebook. The Facebook stream begins at approximately 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.
How do these two stack up?
Vera: 34 years old | 6'3" | 78" reach Marshall: 31 years old | 6'3" | 77" reach
Brandon "The Truth" Vera debuted in the UFC waaay back in 2005 as a heavyweight, bragging about being the first guy to win the title at both HW and LHW. Four straight wins, including a 69-second TKO stoppage of Frank Mir, earned him a shot against former champ Tim Sylvia. Vera broke his hand early and dropped a decision, and a weird stoppage win by Fabricio Werdum chased Vera to light heavyweight. He won 3 of his first 4, only losing a razor-thin split decision to Keith Jardine. He then fought Randy Couture, and was quite frankly robbed when Couture won a decision. He was then destroyed by a fast-rising Jon Jones and dismantled by Thiago Silva, which was enough to earn his walking papers from the UFC. A positive drug test from Silva earned him one more shot though.
Eliot "The Fire" Marshall was a contestant on TUF 8 that actually lose his prelim fight, but earned his way into the house anyway due to an injury. He was eliminated in his second fight by eventual winner Ryan Bader. He actually fared quite well in the UFC, picking up three straight wins. None of them were very exciting though, and when he lost a split decision to Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC on Versus 1, he was unceremoniously dumped by the promotion. Three straight regional wins earned him a last-minute replacement spot against Luiz Cane, but Banha finished him via TKO in just over two minutes. Marshall is undoubtedly fighting to stay in the promotion tonight.
Why should you care?
Loser leaves the UFC. Frankly, this has all the makings of an ugly fight but the implied stipulation at least adds a little bit of drama.
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