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Booking Alert: Brandon Vera Returning to Heavyweight, Will Face Ben Rothwell at UFC 164

(Look on the bright side — things can’t get much worse for him, right?)

Though we know him best these days as a light-heavyweight can-crusher with only a single victory to his credit in the last three years, Brandon Vera started his career as a devastating force at heavyweight, racking up an 8-0 record including four nasty stoppages in the UFC. But after back-to-back losses to Tim Sylvia and Fabricio Werdum, Vera decided to cut some weight and drop to the 205-pound division in 2008. It hasn’t exactly gone well. For every win over low-level talent like Reese Andy, Mike Patt, and Eliot Marshall, he’s eaten losses against superstars like Jon Jones, Randy Couture, and (most recentlyMauricio Rua.

Now, it looks like Brandon Vera is looking to bring back his old self. MMAJunkie reports that Vera is heading back to heavyweight for a meeting with Ben Rothwell at UFC 164, August 31st at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Rothwell has compiled a 2-3 record during his time in the Octagon, and last competed in January when he was choked out by Gabriel Gonzaga. Though neither fighter is riding a long losing streak, their lack of consistent success in the UFC makes this one a must-win fight for both men. Can “The Truth” re-energize his career at his original weight class, or will Rothwell be stealin’ that soul?

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suhas- May 16, 2013 at 7:23 am
upto I saw the bank draft of $5655, I didn't believe that my friends brother woz like truly erning money in their spare time from there labtop.. there dads buddy started doing this 4 only about ten months and resently paid for the mortgage on there villa and bought BMW. read more at,
CrushCo- May 15, 2013 at 2:12 pm
@12oz & Ben: It's good to be home. I'll try to actually do some stuff from time to time.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 15, 2013 at 1:51 pm
Shogun must've knocked something loose up there... there is no way in hell he will hang with 85% of the HW roster. This makes less sense then if he pulled an Anthony Johnson and dropped to WW.
Fried Taco- May 15, 2013 at 10:14 am
Basically bigger bongo buns for Ben to beat!
Pen Fifteen- May 15, 2013 at 8:28 am
For the record, that decision loss to Couture was total bullshit.
The12ozCurls- May 15, 2013 at 8:10 am
Coleman? Really? Is that you?
amsterdamheavy- May 15, 2013 at 7:21 am
I always thought it was a foolish move for him down to LHW. On the other hand, he wouldnt have done well against some of the bigger HWs the last few years either.

I hope he beats Rothwell.
bgoldstein- May 15, 2013 at 7:02 am
CrushCo is back, baby!
CrushCo- May 15, 2013 at 6:37 am
Calling it now: Vera will be the first fighter to hold simultaneous belts in two weight classes.