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Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Out of UFC 109; Brandon Vera Likely to Meet Jon Jones in March

Due to a fractured ankle, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira has been forced to withdraw from his co-headlining bout against Brandon Vera at UFC 109 (February 6, Las Vegas). Shortly after the news broke, Vera posted (then quickly removed) the following message on his Twitter page: "just found out I’m firing Jon Bones Jones on March 21st in Denver Colorado. hope u heard it here first!!!!"

We can only assume that Vera meant "fighting Jon Bones Jones," and that he won’t be flying out to Denver to terminate Jones from his contract, Clooney-style. And the March 21st date may also be a misprint: MMA Junkie and MMA Weekly both report that the yet-unsigned fight is actually slated for March 31st, and will headline an Ultimate Fight Night card just four days after UFC 111 (March 27, Newark). The 3/31 Fight Night show will lead directly into the premiere of TUF 11.

With Vera losing a close decision to Randy Couture at UFC 105, and Jones coming off his unfortunate DQ loss against Matt Hamill earlier this month at the TUF 10 Finale, both men will come into this fight with a lot to prove. Jones certainly has the wrestling advantage — as well as the spinning-elbow advantage — but will Vera’s rangy kickboxing cause problems for young Bones?

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UFC fan- December 17, 2009 at 1:58 pm
hey superflat or stupidfat or whatever your NEW fucking name must be jon bones jones left nut, congrats, keep hugging!
next DQ maybe he can go to strikeFARCE and fuck around there.
Right now he has proven to be the retard of MMA.
510koaLa- December 16, 2009 at 7:59 pm
ya kno,theres always that one guy who has the complete opposite opinion of everyone else and is a straight doosh and UFCfan is that guy...aaannyywwaayys i think its sad that dana thinks vera has a chance against jones...poor vera..
virpz- December 16, 2009 at 6:25 pm
wtf is wrong with ufc fightrs every one getting sick injured or shit like
Sabado Gigante- December 16, 2009 at 2:23 pm
I strongly believe that there is absolutly nothing Vera can do to leave the cage without shitting his pants when he fights Jones
831 Son- December 16, 2009 at 12:28 pm
Jon Jones > Brandon Vera
macreadysshack- December 16, 2009 at 12:06 pm
This sucks so bad for Vera. One minute, your the next hot thing. The next minute, you're the dud that never went off. And the next minute is a doosy, because now you're standing in a cage staring across at fucking Jon Jones and losing this match means taking what is likely to be a very serious beating, losing your job and most of the respect that you talked people out of for the past few years. Life's a bitch for Brandon
Bootylam- December 16, 2009 at 11:32 am
Jones by Overwhelmation. (That's what I call his style) Vera tries to pittypat and that won't cut it. Vera should have destroyed Randy and could have, but it's true he lacks that "gear" they noted. Jones lacks control, but that's good sometimes. Shit, my wife LOVES Vera and the first thing she said was "Oh shit... too bad, Vera!"
macreadysshack- December 16, 2009 at 11:16 am
Hey, CP, when are you making an Iphone ap? I'd pay at least $2.99.
macreadysshack- December 16, 2009 at 11:14 am
@ Get Off Me

Yeah, he can sell himself. He speaks like he's all self-aware and calm and badass but, like you said, it's just mfing talk. Even that reverse psychology bs 'don't buy the hype' shit he was talking. I want to answer him, 'uh, yeah, we're not'.
Get Off Me- December 16, 2009 at 10:53 am
If Vera couldn't get up and off for his fight against Couture, there is no way he will be able to get going for the Jones fight.
Your so right, There are few fighters that speak to the media like Vera, I do not think Vera is aware of his record either, he still was talking about being heavyweight and light heavyweight champ, that's old talk that I never bought in the first place and to hear him still talking about it further confirms that he is just that....Talk.
He should have been gone after the Jardine fight, he should have had a couple fights outside of the UFC at 205 then come back to take on Couture or someone else.
meanfinger- December 16, 2009 at 10:27 am
boxofpickles- December 16, 2009 at 10:02 am
yea... i dont think vera stands a chance... and i think this will be one fight vera wont be able to run in circles in the octagon away from his opponent
ReX13- December 16, 2009 at 9:42 am

stickfiguremma.blogspot.(replace with commercial three letters here)/2009/12/kimbo-plex-gif-kimbo-vs-houston.html


yeah, i needed to see that shit over and over again too. That website has tons of GIFs, including two different angles on the KimboPlex.
bpd- December 16, 2009 at 9:30 am
Zuffa wishes Brandon Vera the best in all his future endeavors.
macreadysshack- December 16, 2009 at 9:24 am
@Lavacon said: "I think Vera knows this is a do or die match. Don't think he doesn't know that his tentativeness has hurt his game. Look for Vera to explode or go home for this one. He may surprise us here."

I don't think I'm alone in saying that I've been waiting for this to happen for far too long to think that it will actually happen. It's what should have happened, what should happen but what, unfortunately, I don't think will ever happen.

Vera is one of the most frustrating fighters for me to watch. He's got the talent, he's got the skills but he has no fifth gear. Zero. And, as a stand-up favoring fighter, I want him to find that gear, shin kick Couture in the face in the third round, but he doesn't and he won't. He's just got something missing. Killer instinct or willingness to risk . . . I don't know. It's frustrating.

Bones has a fifth gear - hell, he starts out in third. He's creative and willing to risk. He has the wrestling and the striking. Bones is going to punish Vera's lack of imagination.

Lavacon- December 16, 2009 at 9:12 am
I think Vera knows this is a do or die match. Don't think he doesn't know that his tentativeness has hurt his game. Look for Vera to explode or go home for this one. He may surprise us here.

Jones rd 2 Via deportation of Vera.....ala snitch to border patrol.
macreadysshack- December 16, 2009 at 9:04 am
Haha, it looks like The Dean of Mean is trying to get down Vera's shorts in that pic. "Hey, there! Only Kelley and my swimsuit touch me there, Keith" Shin to the liver.
BobLoblaw- December 16, 2009 at 9:00 am
jones is gonna make this guy into his prison cell pillow biter.
superflat- December 16, 2009 at 8:59 am
@UFC Fan: Or Hamill's mom.
superflat- December 16, 2009 at 8:58 am
@UFC Fan: You're an idiot.
B-rad- December 16, 2009 at 8:58 am
Vera isn't all that bad...we all know he beat Couture who just hugged him for 15 mins. Jones hasn't beaten anyone with a name other than Bonnar who hasn't beaten someone worth mentioning since '06 but I guess the same goes for Vera. I think it'll be an interesting fight and not the slaughter everyone thinks it'll be.
macreadysshack- December 16, 2009 at 8:55 am
Hopefully Bones is finished with his 'guess and check' interpretation of the rules. Otherwise, Vera might get a finger in an orifice. "WTF? That's against the rules, TOO!?!"
mean sean bean- December 16, 2009 at 8:31 am
Oh dear, Vera's getting hurt. I bet Joe Silva and Dana were chuckling to themselves when they put this one together.
meanfinger- December 16, 2009 at 8:28 am
come on fellow cage taters get me a .gif of the kimbo-plex !! i'd ask sants to do it for me, but that fat bastard was partying with tim sylvia last time i talked to him.. thats where sylvia got his night elf mohawk, besides the one ray mercer gave him
ReX13- December 16, 2009 at 8:19 am
Ouch That hurts Says:
Wed, 12/16/2009 - 09:32

Vera is nothing if not over rated. He hasn't beat anyone of note since he outstruck a bumbling Mir 3 years ago.


I don't think it's so much that everyone is swinging off JBJ's nuts--it's that a lot of us really want Vera to get trainwrecked and Kimboplexed and ninja'd into a coma. And Bones is capable of delivering.