Mauricio Shogun Rua vs. Brandon Vera
Round 1: Vera lands a kick to the body to start the fight. Vera moves in to throw another kick and Rua drops down and gets the takedown. Rua moves Vera away from the fence. Rua moves to half guard. Rua works to pass Vera’s guard. Rua advances to side control. Vera scrambles. Rua knees him to the body and Vera gets back to his feet and fires off two high kicks that are blocked. Rua works for a takedown. Vera applies a guillotine choke and drops down to secure it. Rua gets out. Rua lands a right hand and advances to half guard. Rua lands a series of hard left hands. Rua moves to side control. Vera rolls and Rua takes his back. Rua lands hammer fists to the side of Vera’s head. Rua lands a few more shots before the end of the round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Rua.
Round 2: Rua opens wiht an inside leg kick. Rua lands a left hook. They clinch. Rua lands knees. They separate. Rua lands a right hand that hurts Vera. Rua lands uppercuts. Vera fires back. Vera lands a hard elbow on the inside. Vera lands a left hand on the button. Vera switches stances. Vera lands a right hand and a kick to the body. Rua misses with a lunging left. Vera lands an elbow. Rua answers with a right hand. Rua clinches and lands a knee to the head. Rua delivers knees to the body. Rua has Vera’s back. Vera is bleeding. Vera stands. Vera throws a high kick that’s blocked. Vera lands a right hand. Rua answers with a right hand. Two minutes remain in the round. Rua lands a right hand. Vera lands an elbow on the inside and a right hand. They clinch and exchange knees to the body. The crowd chants, “Vera.” Vera drags Rua to the canvas. Rua looks gassed. Vera is insid Rua’s half guard. Vera not doing much. Vera lands knees to the body. Vera postures up at the end of the round and lands an elbow. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Rua.
Round 3: They take the center of the cage. Vera moves forward with a front kick. He clinches and attempts a jumping knee. Rua presses him against the cage and works for a takedown. They exchange knees to the thighs. Vera gets free and Rua pushes him away. Rua stalking him. Vera lands a hook to the body and an outside leg kick. Rua answers with a left hand. Rua lands a big knee inside the clinch. Vera drops down. Rua has him pinned against the cage on the ground. Rua stands over him and lands a right hand and a knee to the body. Vera stands back up and Rua moves back. Vera lands a combination and a leg kick. Vera with another combination to the body and leg. Rua has slowed. Vera has him against the cage and lands knees to the body. Rua secures a trip takedown with 90 seconds left in the round. Rua moves to half guard and works for free is other leg. Rua postures up and lands hammer fists and elbow. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Vera but it was an extremely close round.
Round 4: Vera misses with a left hand and Rua lands a right. Vera moving forward. He lands a knee to the body. Rua moves in with a left hand and looks for a takedown. Rua gets to the clinch and lands a knee to the body and one to the head. Vera gets the Thai clinch and they exchange knees to the thighs. Rua separates. Vera rushes in with a left hook ot the body and then a leg kick. Vera lands a right hand. Rua delivers a solid uppercut. Rua presses him against the cage. They work for position along the cage. Rua separates. Vera lands a combination. Rua lands an uppercut followed by a right hand. Rua lands a left hook and a right hand that drops Vera. Rua swarms him and finishes with strikes on the ground. Shogun Rua wins by TKO.
The official time of the technical knockout was 4:09 of the fourth round.