UFC 85: Brandon Vera vs. Fabricio Werdum

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Top heavyweights Brandon Vera and Fabricio Werdum are penciled in to scrap at UFC 85 on June 7 at the O2 Arena in London, England.

FightNetwork.com has confirmed that bout agreements have been offered to both fighters and are awaiting signatures to make it official.

Thanks to the recent turmoil in the division, Werdum was in consideration to challenge for the title after his second round technical knockout of Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 80: "Rapid Fire" on January 19. It was just his second fight inside the Octagon and his first win (he lost his debut to Andrei Arlovski back in April 2007).

The Brazilian, however, is without question among the top fighters in the category, having competed -- and been successful -- in Pride FC and other promotions prior to his UFC arrival.

Vera has apparently recovered from a broken hand, which he sustained in the first round of his unanimous decision loss to Tim Silva at UFC 77: "Hostile Territory" back in October 2007. It was the first defeat of his career, derailing his hopes for a title shot in his next bout.

"The Truth" will look to get back on track and demonstrate the stand-up skills that made him one of the most dynamic and exciting strikers in the heavyweight division.

It's safe to say that the winner of this bout will cement his place atop the weight class as a top challenger to interim UFC Heavyweight Champion, Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira.

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