Brandon Vera returns to heavyweight, fights Ben Rothwell at UFC 164

Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Brandon Vera is returning to the heavyweight division, where he'll fight Ben Rothwell in a "must win" at UFC 164 in Milwaukee.

Brandon Vera is returning to the heavyweight division, where he first rose to prominence as a young prospect. He will face Ben Rothwell at UFC 164 on August 31st in Milwaukee, Wisconsin according to MMA Junkie. It's a highly intriguing contest because we could see "the best Brandon Vera ever", or "the old Brandon Vera", or "Brandon Vera 2.0 rebooted".

Vera (12-6, 1 NC) has not fought since a rushed together Fox main event against Mauricio Rua last August. While "The Truth" lost by 4th round TKO, it was one of his most inspired and impressive performances for years. He was once considered "the future" of the heavyweight division, and he himself said he was going to be a champion at HW and LHW, but that has clearly not turned into reality. After consecutive losses to Tim Sylvia and Fabricio Werdum, Vera dropped to 205 lbs and amassed a 4-4, 1 NC record. His wins were hardly against the best of the division, but his losses have ranged from an ugly mess of a fight against Keith Jardine to his TKO loss via Jon Jones' bloody elbows.

Rothwell (32-9) is 2-3 in the UFC, with his most recent bout ending in a submission loss against Gabriel Gonzaga. His best moment in the octagon was knocking out Brendan Schaub in the 1st round at UFC 145. The 12 year veteran of the sport has fought the likes of Roy Nelson, Mark Hunt, Ricco Rodriguez, Cain Velasquez, and Andrei Arlovski, with varying levels of success.

UFC 164 airs live on PPV, with prelims live on Fox Sports 1. It is likely that this fight will be placed on the FS1 portion of the broadcast. Heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Travis Browne are rumored to be fighting each other on this card, but that hasn't been confirmed.

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