I can picture it now. Dana White is at the airport, and his ears are ringing a bit, he is having an episode with his disease. Along comes Brandon Vera, and he carries the bags for Dana, and buys him a Cinna-Bun. That is the only way I can see White offering a title shot to Vera with a win in his next fight. Granted he is fighting Mauricio Rua, who is a top tier guy, and a win should carry some weight, but a title shot? After being the biggest disappointment in the UFC’s talent pool for the last few years? Dana must really want ‘Shogun’ to win!
The UFC is making a mistake by being stuck in their ways. The argument goes both ways, I guess, but Bellator may have something by at times keeping their champions active without the title being on the line.
The bottom line is that Rua is a heavy favorite, at over 3 to 1 against Vera, but should Vera pull of the upset, this ignores Alexander Gustafsson, Lyoto Machida and other fighters at 205 lbs that would deserve a shot at Jon Jones more than Vera.
UFC President Dana White has to be confident in Rua winning, that can be the only real explanation. A vera-Jones match is a joke. Or is he crazy like a FOX?
Jones is going to be hard to get contenders for, and everyone at this point really looks not ready (like Gustafsson) or is a recycle. Maybe this lights a huge fire under vera’s ass, and he comes in finally ready to meet the potential he flashed as a heavyweight. Vera, if on top of his game, is a closer physical matchup to Jon Jones than most of the rest of the roster.
But, like I said, I would like to see the UFC take a page out of the book of Bellator and send Jones into a non title fight against a credible free agent that they bring in. Right now that fighter is Gegard Mousasi.