On Saturday August 4th the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California will be absolutely buzzing with excitement when former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion & Pride Middleweight Champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (20-6-0) takes on former Heavyweight standout Brandon “The Truth” Vera (12-5-0) in a main event which promises to deliver. Shogun is coming in off a close decision loss in what many consider to be the greatest fight of all time against Dan Henderson back in November on his way back to a title shot, while Vera looks to obtain his second consecutive victory after a controversial decision win over Eliot Marshall this past October.
In the co-main event we’ll see two men looking to climb their way back into the title picture when former Light Heavyweight Champ Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida (17-3-0) takes on former contender Ryan “Darth” Bader (14-2-0) in what many people believe will be an easy win (and primary step back up the ladder to a title shot) for Machida. Bader possesses a strong wrestling background and proven one-punch knockout power, which give “Darth” all the tools required to slay “The Dragon” and establish himself once again as a contender, building on recent wins over Rampage Jackson and Jason Brilz. Machida, however, has tasted defeat repeatedly in the last 2 years (1-3 in his last 4 fights), with losses coming at the hands of Mauricio Rua, Quinton Jackson, and current Light Heavyweight Champ Jon Jones.
Also on the main card, Jamie Varner meets Joe Lauzon in a Lightweight bout and to close out the main card we have a Welterweight matchup between Mike “Quick” Swick who fights for the first time since 2010 and DaMarques Johnson who is coming off an April loss to John Maguire. The prelims boast some decent matchups with Cole Miller squaring off with Nam Phan, Phil Davis welcoming Wager Prado, Heavyweights Phil De Fries and Oli Thompson hooking up and the debut of two new UFC Flyweights in Ulysses Gomez and John Moraga. As is always the case you can always get your MMA Prediction and Betting needs right here at Kamikazeoverdrive.net. Enjoy the Fights!