UFC on Fox 4 now has a new headliner, as Mauricio Rua
will face Brandon Vera
at the Aug. 4 event.
Promotion officials announced the news on Wednesday.
UFC on Fox 4 was originally slated to be headlined by a
middleweight confrontation pitting Brian Stann
Lombard, but Stann was forced to withdraw from the bout due to
injury. The event takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles
and marks the Las Vegas-based promotion’s third of four planned
offerings on the Fox network in 2012.
The UFC also revealed Wednesday that Pablo Garza
has pulled out of his planned featherweight tilt with Josh Grispi.
Replacing “The Scarecrow” at the event will be submission ace
Yahya. Verbal agreements are in place for both reported
contests, though promotion officials did not reveal whether Lombard
would still compete on the card.
“Shogun” was previously expected to fight Thiago
Silva at UFC
149 on July 21, but an injured Silva was forced to withdraw
from the bout, leaving Rua temporarily without an opponent. Rua,
30, enters his new contest with Vera coming off a loss, as the
former Pride Fighting Championships grand prix winner was bested by
ex-Strikeforce champ Dan
Henderson in a “Fight of the Year” nominee at UFC
139 this past November.
Meanwhile, Vera was slated to square off with the hard-hitting
Te Huna at
UFC on Fuel TV 4. A replacement opponent for Te Huna is
expected to be announced shortly, according to UFC officials. Vera,
34, posted a victory in his most recent outing, taking a
contentious unanimous decision from Eliot
Marshall on Oct. 29 at UFC
Yahya has lost three of his last four, most recently falling to
Mendes in a unanimous decision at UFC
133 this past August. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt has
submitted 14 of his 16 career victims and is a seven-time World
Extreme Cagefighting veteran, notching notable wins over Eddie
Maeda and Mark
Hominick during his time with the promotion.
Another former WEC talent, Grispi posted 14 wins in his first 15
outings before stumbling in his UFC debut last year. Originally
slated to challenge Jose Aldo for
the featherweight title at UFC
125, Grispi was dominated by Dustin
Poirier at the event after Aldo pulled out with an injury.
Grispi fared no better in his June meeting with George Roop,
who knocked out the 23-year-old with a body shot at “The Ultimate
Fighter” Season 13 finale.