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UFC On Fox 4: Winner Of Vera Vs. Rua Gets Title Shot

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Could Shogun actually be getting another shot at the UFC light heavyweight title?
Could Shogun actually be getting another shot at the UFC light heavyweight title?

UFC president Dana White is making bold promises once again. On a UFC on Fox 4 conference call this afternoon, White says that the winner of the UFC on Fox 4 main event between former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Brandon Vera will get a title shot.

Seriously.

Shogun (20-6) was trounced by current champion Jon Jones at UFC 128 to take the belt, and he's just 1-1 since then. The loss came to Dan Henderson, who will challenge Jones for the title at UFC 151.

Vera (12-5, 1 NC), who was also handily defeated by Jones back in 2010, is 4-3 (1 NC) since dropping to 205 and has picked up just one win in his last four bouts. And even that one was close, where Eliot Marshall caught him in an armbar late in the fight and actually broke his arm, but Vera held on for the decision victory.

I'll leave the outrage to the rest of you, but to me this just seems like a ploy to get people interested in UFC on Fox 4, not a real ironclad promise. How many times has White named a "# 1 contender" before, only to pass them up when something better came along for the champion? The only possible way this could work out is if Henderson and Shogun emerge victorious and meet for a second time. Any other combination is a death knell for PPV in my eyes.

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