Brandon Vera Returns to Heavyweight to Face Ben Rothwell at UFC 164

01-Mauricio-Shogun-Rua-Brandon-Vera-UFC-on-FOX-4-2949The UFC 164 fight card slated for Aug. 31 in Milwaukee is starting to take shape.

Brandon Vera on Thursday confirmed that he would face Ben Rothwell in a UFC 164 heavyweight bout at the Bradley Center. The bout was initially reported by MMAJunkie.com.

“Good morning everyone!! I wanted to let y’all know it is conformed I am fighting Big Ben Rothwell on Aug 31st @ufc 164 @ heavyweight!!! Good times ahead.!!!!!” Vera tweeted.

Vera (12-6) is making the move back to heavyweight after several years of making a go of it at light heavyweight. Vera began his UFC tenure as a heavyweight, amassing a 4-2 record before dropping to 205 pounds.

He wasn’t nearly as successful at light heavyweight, going 4-4 with one no contest over the past five years. Vera, coming off of a loss to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, is 1-3 with one no contest over his last five bouts.

He’ll face Ben Rothwell (32-9), whose career is also in need of rejuvenation. He has been in the UFC for nearly four years, but has managed a record of just 2-3, while battling injuries and illness.

Rothwell enters the fight with Vera on the heels of a loss to Gabriel Gonzaga.

UFC 164 does not yet have a main event.

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