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Ben Rothwell vs. Brandon Vera heavyweight bout targeted for UFC 164 in Milwaukee

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Two UFC veterans are targeted to meet in a fight that could very well send the loser packing from the octagon.

Multiple sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Ben Rothwell (32-9 MMA, 2-3 UFC) and Brandon Vera (12-6 MMA, 8-6 UFC) are targeted to meet at UFC 164.

UFC 164 takes place Aug. 31 at Bradley Center in Milwaukee and will be the promotion's second trip to Wisconsin. The main card will air on pay-per-view, though it is not yet know if Rothwell-Vera will be part of the main card or the prelims.

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Post #1   5/14/13 7:14:09PM   

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Am I reading this right?

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Post #2   5/14/13 8:28:26PM   

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Something tells me this is a fight to end obligations between the loser and the UFC.

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Post #3   5/14/13 8:42:05PM   

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Vera back at HW

I must of missed something

Post #4   5/14/13 10:18:40PM   

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Yeah, I don't get it either...Vera should rematch with Thiago Silva.

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Secretly underrated fight

Post #6   5/14/13 10:51:42PM   

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Vera may be tall and have reach but he is far too skinny to fight at HW imo

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Post #7   5/14/13 10:52:09PM   

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Vera did have success at heavyweight.
Rothwell ain't that good

Post #8   5/14/13 11:41:26PM   

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Im not a fan of this, but at the same time think it will make a good fight......hope that makes sense

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Vera has a better record at HW in the UFC 4-2 than he does at LHW 4-4-1.

His speed caught a lot of Heavyweights off guard. Yes if anybody takes him down he'll have a world of pain coming towards him but facing the fact he was a far more successful HW than Light-Heavyweight.
His biggest wins at LHW have been Krzysztof Soszynski and Eliot Marshall... His biggest win at HW is Frank Mir and Mike Whitehead....

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This is a bad idea for Vera in my opinion, Today's heavyweights are far faster, stronger and fitter than when he last fought at that weight. When Vera fought Mir, it was a case of Mir still finding his feet after his comeback from that horrific bike accident. Mike Whitehead, is, well, Mike Whitehead . Rothwell had a poor run out against Gonzaga, so he is there for the taking, but I think he will be too big and powerful for Vera, Rothwell has only had something like 5 fights in 5 years, so whether he struggles with injuries or whatever the reason,he should still take this

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Post #11   5/15/13 9:31:02AM