‘UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera’ Main Card Undergoes Makeover

Written by Tom Ngo
July 25th, 2012

UFC welterweight Mike Swick

With Ben Rothwell exiting stage left with a last-minute ankle injury, the welterweight affair between Mike Swick (Pictured) and DaMarques Johnson has been promoted to the “UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera” main card. 

Rothwell was slotted to battle Travis Browne in the August 4th festivities. Instead of scrambling for a replacement, the UFC has opted to pull Browne from the lineup.

Swick was last seen posting his second consecutive loss in February of 2010. The former “The Ultimate Fighter 1″ contestant was subsequently misdiagnosed with a stomach ailment and has been riding the pine ever since.

The 32-year-old was planning to return at “UFC Fight for the Troops 2” in January 2011, but opponent David Mitchell had to withdraw due to an injury. Swick then tore his knee and had to pull out of his UFC 134 bout against Erick Silva.

Johnson, meanwhile, has alternated between wins and losses over his past six scraps. The prior “The Ultimate Fighter 9″ participant was submitted by John Maguire in April.

Staples Center in Los Angeles hosts the bash.

FOX broadcasts the main card live beginning at 8PM ET/5PM PT.

Here is the show’s revised agenda:

Preliminary Card:


John Moraga vs. Ulysses Gomez

Michihiro Omigawa vs. Manny Gamburyan

Oli Thompson vs. Phil De Fries

Josh Grispi vs. Rani Yahya

Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado

Nam Phan vs. Cole Miller

Main Card:


Mike Swick vs. DaMarques Johnson

Joe Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner

Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Brandon Vera

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