Apropos for its 4th network event, UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera hosted four clashes between proven fight finishers as Mike Swick fought DaMarques Johnson, Joe Lauzon battled Jamie Varner, Lyoto Machida met Ryan Bader, and “Shogun” scrapped with Brandon Vera.
August 4, 2012143Los Angeles, CaliforniaStaples Center
A flyweight dueling Octagon debut, former NCAA Division I wrestler John Moraga with his 11-1 career stepped into the UFC cage to face submission specialist Ulysses “Useless” Gomez with his 9-2 pro record.
After dropping back-to-back bouts in his UFC return, TUF 5 runner-up Manny “The Anvil” Gamburyan needed a win badly heading into a grueling bout Michihiro Omigawa in a meeting of judo blackbelts who like to throw leather.
Splitting the difference in his first two Octagon outings, former ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship gold medalist Rani Yahya aimed to make it a ground war against the 14-3, one-time featherweight top contender Josh “The Fluke” Grispi.
Aiming to rebound from his first career loss, former NCAA Division I National Champion wrestler Phil Davis who was previously on a 5 fight UFC win streak took on debuting undefeated Brazilian knockout artist Wagner Prado with 7 of his 8 wins by KO/TKO.
Ending a two and a half year absence from the UFC, American Kickboxing Academy’s fan-favorite Mike “Quick” Swick was finally entering the Octagon again to take on TUF 9 runner-up DaMarques Johnson in a classic finish or get finished fight.
Following his title shot loss, former UFC light-heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida aimed to keep the established pecking order in place with his precision striking against power puncher Ryan Bader who wanted to slay “The Dragon” and shake up the rankings.
In the night’s main event, two highly-skilled Muay Thai strikers threw down for everyone’s enjoyment as former UFC light-heavyweight champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua traded ill-intended fists & feet with Octagon veteran Brandon “The Truth” Vera.