We're less than one week away (Sat., Aug. 4, 2012) from UFC on FOX 4: "Shogun vs. Vera," which is set to go down at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is riding a wave of momentum after one of its mixed martial arts (MMA) events, UFC on FOX 3 earlier this year, finally delivered several memorable moments and solid scraps. Of course, the main event of the evening between Mauricio Rua vs. Brandon Vera, which suddenly has 205-pound title implications on the line, will be expected to live up to its marquee billing.
But, before the Light Heavyweights can shine under the spotlight, Mike Swick and DaMarques Johnson, among others, will be charged with setting the tone for the night. And both men appear to be up to the task albeit for very different reasons.
"The critics are saying I'm done, you know. 'He's done, he's never going to make a comeback.' You can't tell me stuff like that because that is all I've done my whole life, is do what people tell me I can't do. After 2.5 years I came back, I worked hard. I feel faster, stronger. I feel like I'm in the best shape of my life, I really do."
"The fight is my motivation. To be in there, fighting a guy like Mike Swick, that's where the guy who loves to fight comes out. There is a 50 percent chance I am going to win this fight. There is a 100 percent chance that somebody is going to be taking a nap. And I'm okay with those odds."
I'm okay with those odds, too. Let's just hope for their sake, as well as the millions of mainstream fans watching from the cozy confines of their living rooms, that the entire field goes "all in" on fight night.