It was reported yesterday that Brandon Vera’s UFC 109 fight against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was off and he would now be assigned to the up-and-coming Jon Jones. Although the light heavyweight scrap is still a-go, word on the street is that Jones’ camp has requested, and been granted, to have the fight pushed back a month.
Sherdog.com is reporting that the two will now tango at a yet-to-be announced March 21st card in Denver, Colorado, which will be broadcast live on Versus. Previously, the edgy network has only shown the UFC’s sister promotion, World Extreme Cagefighting, however they recently announced they will be airing two live UFC shows in 2010.
Although Jones is physically fit to compete on the original February 6th show, his manager, Ryan Ciotoli, told the website that Jones requested the extra time to be with his wife and newborn daughter.
Vera was last seen dropping a controversial unanimous decision to UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture at UFC 105 last month in Manchester, England. Although he was anxious to get back in the Octagon to try and right the ship against Little Nog, a fractured ankle quickly dispelled that possibility.
Fortunately for Vera, Jones is more than a formidable opponent. The 22-year-old has taken the UFC world by storm since making his debut against Andre Gusmao at UFC 87 in August 2008. He was perfect through his first nine pro scraps entering his last contest against Matt Hamill at “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale” earlier this month, however was DQ’d after he landed a couple illegal north-south elbow strikes to Hamill’s grill.
Jones had been dominating the entire 1stRound before the shots, however handled the loss with complete class. Team Jones filed an appeal earlier this week, arguing that the illegal strikes were not what had caused Hamill’s inability to continue.
It’s unlikely the Nevada State Athletic Commission will do anything except discuss the matter, but it doesn’t hurt to try.