Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Jon Jones vs. Brandon Vera Likely For March 21st
In a classic case of an injury resulting in a better fight, Brandon Vera (11-4) will now fight Jon Jones (9-1) after light heavyweight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira,Vera's opponent for UFC 109, fractured an ankle during training. The fight will tentatively take place March 21st, 2010 on SpikeTV's Ultimate Fight Night 21 from Denver, Colorado. That's one week before Georges St-Pierre fights Dan Hardy at UFC 111 (March, 27th).
This is a very exciting matchup considering both men are technically coming off a loss. Jones is currently contesting the DQ loss he suffered to Matt Hamill at the TUF 10 Finale, while Vera is still fuming over what he thinks was a blown call in his decision loss to Randy Couture at UFC 106.
At this stage in Jones' remarkably rapid development, Brandon Vera may be one of the few lightheavyweights in the world who can still give Jon Jones a run for his money. A dominant victory by either fighter has to put him no further than two more wins away from a title shot.