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Brandon Vera vs. Jon 'Bones' Jones on March 21

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Courtesy of Brandon Vera's twitter:

just found out I'm firing Jon Bones Jones on March 21st in Denver Colorado. hope u heard it here first!!!!

Well, it certainly didn't take long for Vera to land a new opponent in the wake of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira's injury.

I've often said that the five men in the UFC I would keep Jon Jones away from at this stage in his development are Lyoto Machida (for obvious reasons), Shogun Rua (for obvious reasons), Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (obvious again), Keith Jardine (awkward style presents a major risk and you look ugly fighting him) and Brandon Vera.

Jones' length is obviously still an asset but against Vera it will be less so, not to mention that Vera has top notch Muay Thai skills.  Maybe he doesn't always let those skills show but they are there and when he does share them with the world, he is very dangerous.  It's not that I am confident Vera wins this fight, but it is much more of a challenge than I think many people will understand at first glance.