By Adam Martin
Brandon Vera is going back to heavyweight.
According to MMAjunkie.com, the UFC has added a heavyweight bout between Vera and Ben Rothwell to the upcoming UFC 164 card, which takes place August 31 at Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI.
The bout could take place on either the event’s main card its preliminary card.
Vera (12-6, 1 NC) entered the UFC in 2005 as a heavyweight fighter and went 4-2 overall while competing in the promotion’s 265-pound division. After consecutive losses to Tim Sylvia and Fabricio Werdum, Vera made the move to light heavyweight and racked up a 4-4, 1 NC record while fighting at 205 pounds. The 35-year-old last competed in August 2012 in the main event of UFC on FOX 4, where he lost via TKO to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in one of the best fights of the year. This is a very interesting move by Vera to move back up to heavyweight as he looks to revive his career but it remains to be seen if it will be the right one.
Rothwell (32-9) has racked up a mediocre 2-3 record while fighting in the UFC’s heavyweight division. The former IFL star has been a real disappointment since signing with the UFC — save for an impressive KO win over Brendan Schaub at UFC 145 — as he’s consistently shown up to fights out of shape and seemingly unmotivated. However, he is a very talented fighter and hopefully he can get back to the form of his IFL days when he was consistently ranked as one of the top heavyweights in the world. The 31-year-old Rothwell last competed at January’s UFC on FX 7 event where he lost via submission to Gabriel Gonzaga and he needs to bounce back in a big way against Vera to keep his spot in the UFC heavyweight division.
There is no main event set for UFC 164 yet but it’s possible UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will defend his title against Johny Hendricks. Also, heavyweight star Alistair Overeem is rumored to be fighting Travis Browne.
What are your thoughts?