What’s up Team SwoleScience? We’re back with another UFC preview. Some of the past cards may have seemed a bit watered down and not worth the sixty bucks for a pay per view. Luckily, ‘Uncle Dana’ has our back and is coming through with a fantastic free card to be shown on basic cable. UFC on Fox 4, or Shogun vs. Vera, is a stacked card with light heavyweight title implications. On the media call today, it was announced that the winner of the main event will face the winner of the September 1st Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson UFC title showdown. Read more of the main card preview below!
“When the fans speak, we listen. So whoever scores the best win, whoever gets the fans excited by going out there on Saturday and looking the most impressive, he will get the winner of Jones vs. Henderson. It is down to what these four guys do Saturday night in the Octagon. Winning isn’t enough, they’ve got to win impressively. Any one of these four fighters can take things into their own hands and make a title shot happen.” – Dana White
UFC on Fox 4
August 4, 2012
8pm ET/5pm PT
Los Angeles, California at the Staples Center
205 lbs.: Mauricio Rua vs. Brandon Vera
Main card (FOX):
205 lbs.: Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader
170 lbs.: Mike Swick vs. DaMarques Johnson
155 lbs.: Jamie Varner vs. Joe Lauzon
Preliminary card (FUEL TV)
145 lbs.: Cole Miller vs. Nam Phan
205 lbs.: Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado
145 lbs.: Rani Yahya vs. Josh Grispi
265 lbs.: Philip De Fries vs. Oli Thompson
145 lbs.: Manny Gamburyan vs. Michihiro Omigawa
125 lbs.: Ulysses Gomez vs. John Moraga
We’re getting a little ahead of ourselves right now. Let’s start with the first bout of the main event- DeMarques Johnson is taking on Mike Swick in his return after a pretty extensive layoff due to injury. Johnson is a solid striker with some well-rounded grappling. He’s alternated wins and losses his last few times out and is looking to get back into the win column after suffering an arm bar loss. On the other hand, it will have been two years, five months and 30 days – 911 days in total – since welterweight contender Mike ‘Quick’ Swick, 14-4, last fought. A seven year veteran of the UFC and one of the original ‘Ultimate Fighter’ cast members, the popular Texan has battled a series of health issues including a condition called esophageal spasm which threatened his career. The last time Swick fought was February of 2010, when lost via d’arce choke by Paolo Thiago. He has lightning quick hands and is very competent on the ground. This fight should bring the fireworks and don’t expect it going to a decision.
“I never thought about wanting to quit myself. But there was a time where I thought my career might be over, talking to the doctors. If I couldn’t eat like an athlete, if I couldn’t rest my body, I was finished. But, slowly, I learned to control the condition through diet. The only thing diet-wise that is different for me is I miss all those great foods that taste good. Career wise, it is under control…
I think in a way I’ve preserved a lot of my athletic prime while dealing with my health issues. Over the last two years I’ve not taken any damage to my body or head in a way that eight or 12 fights would have done. Even though I had to miss out on all those fights, I feel I’m coming back more healthy than ever. I’m faster than I’ve ever been, I’ve worked speed non-stop for two years, and I’m more motivated and hungry. That fire that used to burn is even bigger. So I’m definitely far from done, and I think this is a whole new beginning for me.”- Mike Swick at the UFC prefight media call.
The second bout is a lightweight bout, which will vault one combatant back into the number one contender picture while sending the loser back to the bottom. Joe Lauzon is a decent striker with fantastic jiu jitsu. Jamie Varner is a great boxer, well above average wrestler, and has decent bjj. Lauzon wants this on the ground and Varner wants this to stay up. I look for one man to impose his will and don’t expect this match to leave the first without a finish.
This isn’t the co main event, but it definitely should be. Lyoto “the Dragon” Machida is taking on Ryan “Darth” Bader. Machida is one of the most intriguing fighters in the UFC. He is incredibly elusive and very dynamic. Machida is a former champion and his only 3 losses are to former and current UFC champions. Bader is a great wrestler with knockout power. He has likewise only lost to current and former champions. The key to this fight is if Bader can close the distance without getting caught to earn a takedown. Unfortunately, Machida also has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, so he’s going to have to be careful. I believe this fight will go to the judges, but it should be a very exciting fight nonetheless.
“I respect Ryan Bader very much as a fighter. He will pose some great problems but I believe my training camp has been one of the best of my career. My striking is very sharp, and I’ve worked on my wrestling because Bader is a strong wrestler. I’ve made some radical changes in my training, although karate will always be my main focus. I am getting back on the road to the title. I know what I have to do, and I am ready for this opportunity.”- Lyoto Machida at the UFC prefight media call.
“This is it, time to show what I can do. I’m better than ever; I used to be just a wrestler with a big overhand right, but I’ve added many more skills to my game now. Fights against Rampage and Brilz have shown my stand-up is a lot more technical and smooth. The win over Rampage felt like the start of a new chapter. After dominating Rampage my confidence went through the roof and I’m now more than happy to face anybody in the light heavyweight division…Machida is a former champion but so were three out of my last four opponents. I’m no longer looking at these guys as fighters I used to watch on TV– they’re now my peers, my rivals. Machida is no different. No one is invincible and it is now my time to beat him and go on to a title shot.”- Ryan Bader at the UFC prefight media call.
The main even bout between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Brandon “the Truth” Vera is a match up between two very capable Muay Thai practitioners. Shogun is coming off of a controversial, fight of the year candidate, loss to Dan Henderson. Vera is getting back into the octagon after a very lackluster decision over Eliot Marshall. Shogun has dynamic striking and Vera looks to match him kick for kick and elbow for elbow. Shogun is trying to get another crack at the champ and Vera is attempting to put two wins together for the first time since 2009. This fight will bring the fireworks, but has the potential to go to the judges due to each fighters ability to negate each other.
“I think this fight with Vera is going to be a great fight while it lasts. Vera is a very good striker, and I think this fight will take place standing up and will be a great war for the fans. I know winning isn’t enough; I have to look very impressive and I am planning on a fast knockout like I did against Forrest Griffin. I am not underestimating Vera, he has skills and has a lot to prove, but I have skills and want my title back…I want the winner of Jones vs. Henderson. The fight I had with Henderson was a great fight, the fight of the year, and it was a very close fight. I am okay with that, it was a great fight. But the loss to Jones I can’t live with. I could have done so much better and I want to fight him again. First, though, I have to beat Brandon Vera and winning isn’t good enough. I have to be very impressive, but that it what I have trained to do.”- Mauricio Rua at the UFC prefight media call.
“I’m so ready for this. This is ‘The Truth’ resurging. I feel like I have won the lottery twice, not just fighting a legend like Shogun on FOX, but having the chance to get a title shot. ‘The Truth’ is going to shine though. Shogun is the one who has everything to lose. This is Shogun’s showcase, his spotlight, his time and I’m going to take all that off him. I’m taking his name, his title runs, everything he is, and I’m taking it all for myself…The guy is a legend, man. When you fight this guy you’re not just fighting some of the best skills in the world, some champion who can mess you up bad with kicks and knees, you are fighting a sick guy who absolutely will not stop coming after you. Beating Shogun – and beating him the way I want – corrects all the mistakes I’ve made and wipes away all the bad performances. Beating Frank Mir is probably my best performance, but people don’t realize that was nothing compared to what I do all the time in the gym. I’m going to show off what ‘The Truth’ really is on FOX.”- Brandon Vera at the UFC prefight media call.
This card is beyond exciting and the fact that it is on Fox just makes it better due to it’s viewer exposure.
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