by Al Yu for MMAWeekly.com
MMAWeekly’s sources have confirmed that former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir will take on up-and-comer Brandon “The Truth” Vera at UFC 65. This match-up, rumored to be scheduled for UFC 63, has been moved back to add a marquee fight to the UFC 65 card.
Mir (9-2) is coming off of a victory over Dan Christison at UFC 61 ‘Bitter Rivals’. The former champ came into the fight unprepared and earned an uninspired decision over the former Ultimate Fighter contestant. Having just fought in July, it’ll be interesting to see if Frank will have the proper time to train for this fight.
Brandon Vera (7-0) will risk his undefeated streak against his toughest test to date. “The Truth” is coming off of an impressive submission win over the tough Assuerrio Silva at UFC 60.
A win for Mir would revitalize his career and put him one step closer to title contention. A loss could put him at a crossroads. For Vera, this will be the significant fight that he’s been seeking. If he is victorious, he would join Jeff Monson as top contenders for current UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia’s belt.