Report: Vera-Werdum Possible for June

Brandon Vera and Tim Sylvia weigh-in for UFC 77: Hostile Territory. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Heavyweight contenders Brandon Vera and Fabricio Werdum may possible meet in a bout with potential title shot implications when the Ultimate Fighting Championship travels overseas for the second time this year for UFC 85.

The news comes from Brian Knapp of The Fight Network, who reports that sources close to both fighters have said that the fight has been offered to them.

The event, which is currently slated to take place on June 7th at the o2 Arena in London, England, will likely feature a light heavyweight matchup between Chuck Liddell and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua as well as the next fight for one-time professional wrestler and WWE superstar Brock Lesnar.

Vera suffered his first career loss in October when he was decisioned by former champion Tim Sylvia, who ended up receiving a title shot as a result of winning the bout only to lose a shot at the vacant UFC belt earlier this month to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

The San Diego native suffered a broken left hand during the first round of his fight against Sylvia and was expected to be out of action until this spring.

In fact, Vera has publicly stated that he broke the ‘scaphoid’ in his left hand with the very first punch he threw. The injury prevented him from bending the thumb towards his hand which in turn, didn’t allow him to throw a punch with his left hand during the bout.

Werdum bounced back from a disappointing performance against Andrei Arlovski in his UFC debut at UFC 70 last April with an impressive stoppage of Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 80: Rapid Fire last month. The win was rumored to have solidified Werdum’s spot as being next in line for a title shot but a fight against Vera would obviously dispel that.


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