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“The light heavyweight) division is interesting. There’s so many guys at 205, (but) Rampage is probably next in line.
Rampage is still in the mix.
You’ve got Jon Jones fighting Bader, which is going to be a great fight that catapults one of those guys into the top five. The big problem with the 205-pound division has been, Shogun’s injury has been clogging up the division. So now he’s healthy and gonna fight, and we’re getting everything rolling here.”
If you thought Jon Jones vs Ryan Bader was going to be a number one contender fight then it looks like you were wrong.
At a recent Q & A session (via MMAFighting.com) UFC President Dana White proclaimed that Quinton Jackson is the guy who is most likely to earn the next shot at the light heavyweight strap. That is of course, dependent upon his getting through a tough challenge against Thiago Silva at UFC 130 over the Memorial Day weekend.
As a reward for knocking Brandon Vera out of the UFC last Saturday at UFC 125, Thiago Silva is expected to face former light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson on the main card at UFC 130 on May 28 in Las Vegas, according to MMAjunkie.Silva (15-2) rearranged Vera’s nose (and his career path) to get back on track after losing a decision to Rashad Evans last January.
Jackson (31-8) put yet another stain on the Machida Era when he bested Lyoto Machida in November after falling to Evans in May.
UFC 130 will also feature lightweight champ Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard and Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson.
Follow the ATT team backstage as Thiago Silva and Mike Brown prepare for their fights at UFC 125.
Record 15 – 2 – 0 (Win – Loss – Draw)
Wins 11 (T)KOs ( 73.33 %)
2 Submissions ( 13.33 %)
2 Decisions ( 13.33 %)
Losses 1 (T)KOs ( 50 %)
1 Decisions ( 50 %)
American Top Team
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Having your nose rearranged is bad enough, but losing your job in the bargain makes for one bad night.
Brandon Vera’s lackluster performance against Thiago Silva at UFC 125 has left him on the outside looking in, and now Vera, who was once title-contender material in not one but two divisions, is through in the UFC after being thoroughly dominated in a fight that saw him leave the cage looking like a pug and not a prince.
Vera began his MMA career on a Jon Jones uptick, going on an 8-0 streak that included a win over Frank Mir.
Since those glory days, a run of bad form has resulted in a 3-6 record and the end of the line in the Big Show.
Vera has, in his last two fights, suffered a horrifically broken nose and recovered following a nine-month long layoff after Jon Jones dealt him a vicious set of facial fractures in March.
Vera is now 11-6 and may do well to consider finding another, more forgiving, line of work…
Edgar banked $102,000 for his draw against challenger Gray Maynard, who pulled in $52,000, in the UFC 125 headline event.
Silva earned $110,000 for his victory over Brandon Vera, who cashed a check for $60,000, some of which he can use to repair his flattened nose.
The official UFC 125 fight salaries were:
rearranged Brandon Vera’s breathing apparatus on the way to a win at UFC 125, and it looks like Vera will require some fine adjustment to get back his beautiful profile.
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The UFC 125 fight card features a lightweight title bout between champion Frankie Edgar and challenger Gray Maynard and takes place Jan. 1, 2011 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Note from Garv: Dom Ashton is another new writer we welcome to our humble website. Based, in the UK, Dom will cover the UK MMA scene as well as the big events here in the States. This is his first article.
During the pre-fight news conference for UFC 125, Brandon Vera pointed towards overconfidence as a factor in his recent loss to Jon Jones. Sherdog quoted Vera as saying:
Vera’s stock has fallen considerably from the days of “don’t believe the hype; believe what you see”, but he retains undoubted talent. Several losses owe themselves to a chronically low work rate, which is not entirely at odds with his admission of hubris. Were he to have pushed harder in tightly contested bouts with Randy Couture and Keith Jardine, he may have acquired two notable light heavyweight scalps. Comprehensive, though workmanlike, victories such as those over Reese Andy and Krzysztof Soszynski may not have been enough to ingratiate himself with the incessantly demanding UFC fan base, leaving him in an unenviable position going into UFC 125.