The UFC has officially announced the light heavyweight bout between Brandon Vera and the up-and-coming Jon Jones for the organization’s broadcast debut on Versus. UFC Fight Night 21 will be jumping off inside the The Odeum Colorado in Broomfield, Colorado on March 21st.
Vera, who was slated to meet Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 109 before Little Nog pulled out with an injury, was last seen dropping a controversial unanimous decision to UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture at UFC 105 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,” 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.
Versus has only shown the UFC’s sister promotion, World Extreme Cagefighting, in the past, however they recently announced they will be airing two live UFC shows in 2010.
Here are the fighters rumored for the event:
Clay Guida vs. Sean Sherk
Anthony Johnson vs. John Howard
Jon Jones vs. Brandon Vera