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Things just got interesting again in the light heavyweight division.
That's because Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White confirmed on today's (July 30, 2012) media conference call that this weekend's winner in the UFC on FOX 4 main event, which broadcasts live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, will earn himself a 205-pound title shot.
That means the winner of Mauricio Rua vs. Brandon Vera will face the winner of Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson, who throw down in the UFC 151 headliner on Sept. 1 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, which means the odds of mixed martial arts (MMA) fans getting a rematch are very high.
Even the champ is "scratching his head."
If "Bones" retains, he'll rematch "Shogun," who was thrashed and smashed for three rounds before getting pounded out at UFC 128 in early 2011. That's a lot better than "The Truth," who had his face caved in after just three minutes against Jones at the UFC on Versus event nearly a year before that.
But if "Hendo" should win ...
That means fight fans can get another five rounds of what many are billing as the "Fight of the Century," when Henderson narrowly defeated Rua in the main event of the UFC 139 slugfest last November. That's the kind of match-up that won't draw a lot of criticism.
Henderson vs. Vera? Well, in the immortal words of Forrest Gump: "That's all I got to say about that."
Of course we still have about a month or so before any of these questions get answered, but we can get the first half of the equation solved this weekend in "The City of Angels." Get more on that fight, including all the updates from today's media conference call, by clicking here and here.
To see more on UFC 151: "Jones vs. Henderson" click here.