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

May 16, 2013
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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

“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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  • urdooomb

    I just wonder what will happen when Vera loses to Rothwell. Would the UFC cut him then?

    My guess is that the UFC will not cut Vera, win or lose.

    • Advance*

      Considering some of the fighters that have been cut recently, it would be hard to justify keeping him around after another loss. He’s plenty of chances and other than the Shogun fight he hasn’t been particularly exciting the past several years

      • urdooomb

        It goes to show that sucking up to Dana really pays off.

        The peak of his career was when he fought Tim Sylvia. Since then, it’s been downhill for the dude.

        And I just see the Shogun fight as an excuse not to fire him. Yeah it was an exciting fight mostly because Shogun fans were on their heels when the fight started deviating from what they had imagined, that is, a one-sided beating.

    • Bubba

      Vera WAS cut after his loss to Silva but then when Silva tested positive and the fight changed to a NC he was reinstated.

  • kbroesq

    I don’t understand this. I’ve met a few UFC fighters in my time, and Vera is one of the guys I have met. Usually when I have met a UFC fighter, I am astounded at how big they are in person. For example, I met Chuck Liddell in the Los Angeles Court one time, and he was HUGE. I mean, no way is that guy 6’2”, like it says on his profile, and his body was massive.

    I met Vera once at a jui jujitsu/MMA convention in Anaheim once, and he’s not that big. It says he’s 6’3”. Heck, I’m 6’3” and Vera seemed shorter than me, and he was not bulky at all. After meeting Vera, I was actually quite convinced he could make 185. Heck, if Sonnen can do it (another HUGE guy), then Vera can do it.

    I just think he’s a talented fighter and he’s putting himself at a disadvantage. Go MW!

    • Maddawgmar

      I used to take MMA classes at City Boxing in San Diego back when Vera was there, that was when he was on a terror. He taught a lot of the classes along with KJ Noons, and he is pretty tall I’m 6’2″, and he seemed taller. But for his stature he could possibly make 185, but it will take a perfect camp and cut to do it right.

      • urdooomb

        the risk is….what if he cant crack top 10 even at 185??? 170???

    • urdooomb

      how tall would you say chuck was? 6’1″????

    • urdooomb

      how tall would you say chuck was? 6’1″? 6’0″?

    • Mike mckinney

      Chucks not really big. You probably just didn’t notice that you dropped to your knees when he approached. 😉

      • kbroesq

        Wakka, Wakka, Wakka

  • lavekyl

    Vera is almost like BJ Penn. He is a highly talented guy that doesn’t train as hard as he should. The only difference being that BJ Penn was a champion in two weight classes. Vera could have been a champion, if he didn’t slack off. Hopefully he takes this seriously and puts it on Rothwell.

    • urdooomb

      ur funny

    • Lucas Freire

      Don’t think so.

  • Sean

    I think Vera can beat Ben

    • urdooomb

      what makes you think that? Because one is a more well known name?

      I have a feeling Vera will lose in a UD or SD.

      • Baller31

        They are both well known names. Vera is super talented, but he lost his swagger when he fought Tim Sylvia and he’s never been the same since. It’s all mental with him….kind of like Melvin Guillard…the talent is there…there’s just something missing whether it’s heart or the desire to win…Apollo Creed would say it’s the eye of the tiger ha

  • El Gvapo

    So Brandon likes ice cream again I guess?

  • muay thai Pinoy

    I agree with most of the comments regarding Vera. He is one talented and well rounded fighter. His Muay Thai is probably one of the best in UFC, his JJ is legit. The problem is he’s lazy as hell. He does remind me of BJ Penn. Both guys rely heavily on their talent and tecniques and does not take training seriously.

    I also met Brandon here in the Bay Area, Cali. he is one cool down to earth Pinoy. I agree that Vera is small (frame wise) and could probably make 185, but that means serious cardio work out and diet, which Vera will not do.

    Vera if you’re reading this, train hard bro! You got all the skills to beat any of these top guys! Just put in the work Pare! From on Pinoy fighter to another, good luck Pare, mabuhay!

    • Cptmats

      ” He does remind me of BJ Penn. Both guys rely heavily on their talent and tecniques and does not take training seriously.”
      I have a feeling it’s more of a mental thing with Vera. He always seems to be in decent shape.

  • randi

    What a Joke!

  • drkdisciple

    Vera is one fight away from getting canned, he s*cked at 205 and will S*ck just as bad at heavyweight!

    • Cptmats

      I disagree, He looked solid against Shogun for the first time in a while. I think that may have earned himself a few more fights !

      • drkdisciple

        I hope we can agree to say that UFC Shogun is not the killer that once fought in pride! Ever since the Tim Sylvia fight Vera has been going on a downward spiral his last impressive win was back in 2009 against Michael Patt…who you ask? yes Michael Patt a nobody who has not fought since!

        • Cptmats

          Don’t get me wrong, Vera is going no where in the UFC, he had potential at one time but that was a long time ago. I’m just saying because of his long history and and a solid showing in very entertaining fight with shogun they may give him a couple more fights.

          You don’t have to be that good to fight in the UFC, you just have to be exciting !

          Example: Chris Leben

  • wofl ticket slayer

    Why is Diaz sellin all these wolf tickets?!?!?!?!?!


    Yeah great decision !!! since he was soo good at LHW, idiot, I hope he get crushed and gets fired from the UFC, sucks

  • Milos Rackovic

    Vera is gonna 1 mby 2 shot Rothwell