More than a few eyebrows were raised at the curious matchmaking due to Vera’s 1-2-1 record over his last 4 fights, but UFC officials had another fight in mind before this one became a done deal.
Prior to Brian Stann suffering an injury that forced him out of his main event bout against Hector Lombard for the UFC on Fox 4 card, the UFC had planned on Shogun facing his fellow countryman Glover Teixeira at UFC 149.
But according to UFC President Dana White, Shogun wanted no part of that fight for whatever reason. He was so serious in fact that he said he’d rather be released than to fight Teixeira for his next bout.
“Shogun didn’t want to fight Glover Teixeira. He said he would rather be cut then fight him,” White revealed in an interview with Fuel TV following UFC on FX 3.
“Shogun didn’t mind fighting Brandon Vera, so he is fighting him. Shogun is a warrior; he has fought everyone from PRIDE, to Dan Henderson in his last fight. It’s just a weird situation.”
Weird situation indeed, but all parties have now moved on and Shogun will face Vera in the main event of UFC on Fox 4, and Teixeira will wait to make his next appearance in the Octagon at a later date.
Rua has yet to make a public statement about the situation regarding his desire to face Vera or displeasure with the match-up with Glover Teixeira.