Exciting light heavyweights Brandon Vera and Jon Jones will indeed collide at UFC Fight Night 21 at the Odeum Colorado in Broomfield, Colo., on March 21, 2010.
The announcement was made today during the WEC 46: "Varner vs. Henderson" broadcast on the the Versus network. As part of a recent renewal deal, the network will air two live UFC events in 2010, marking the first time that live UFC events will air on a national sports cable network.
And the promotion intends to kick things off with a bang.
Vera is coming off a razor thin decision loss to Randy Couture in their UFC 105 match back on Nov. 14. The Muay Thai striker was confident he had done more (and more damage) during his battle with "The Natural" in Manchester but it wasn't to be for the former heavyweight.
Prior to the Couture scrap, Vera threw hands at UFC 102 back on August 29 in Portland, battering former TUF contestant Krzysztof Soszynski on the main card en route to a judges decision.
If he can do the same to Jones, it will go a long way in re-establishing him as a force in the light heavyweight division.
"Bones" has been anything but brittle since making his UFC debut back UFC 87: "Seek and Destroy." In addition to pounding on Stephan Bonnar en route to a UFC 94 unanimous decision win, the collegiate wrestling standout submitted Jake O'Brien at UFC 100 on July 11.
In fact, Jones was on a one-way ticket to super-stardom until a controversial disqualification loss against Matt Hamill at the TUF 10 Finale ended his perfect winning streak at nine. "The Hammer" was nailed with a series of ruthless elbows, until a few 12-6ers found their way through and prompted the Mazzagatti ruling.
Jones has formally appealed the decision, but could do more to erase those bad memories with a convincing stoppage over Vera.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more on UFC Fight Night 21 event as they develop, including more additions to the card, which will likely feature a great lightweight clash between Clay Guida and Sean Sherk, as well as a welterweight war between John Howard vs. Anthony Johnson,