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Default Dana White Confirms 'Shogun' Rua-Brandon Vera Winner Gets Title Shot

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Jul 30, 2012 - When an internet report last week suggested that the winner of Saturday's UFC on FOX 4 main event between Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Brandon Vera would get the next shot at the UFC light heavyweight title, the idea was greeted with skepticism.

Monday, UFC president Dana White empathically said: Believe it.

On a conference call, the UFC boss reiterated that the Rua-Vera victor will meet the winner of the Sept. 1 bout between current champion Jon Jones and challenger Dan Henderson.


"Yes," White said when asked point-blank about whether Saturday's fight will be a No. 1 contender's match.

"'Shogun' Rua just came off a 'Fight of the Year' last year," White said in reference to the classic Rua-Henderson bout at UFC 139. "He's probably one of the best fighters of the last decade. Think about it. This guy knocked out [Quinton] 'Rampage' [Jackson], knocked out Chuck Liddell, knocked out Mark Coleman, knocked out Lyoto Machida, knocked out Forrest Griffin, knocked out Alistair Overeem twice, submitted Kevin Randleman. A win vs. [Vera] puts him right back in position, and then he's probably the No. 2 guy in the world."

While a case can be made for a title shot for Rua -- the man Jones beat for the title in 2011 and a former PRIDE Grand Prix champion -- if he scores an impressive win, Vera's case is harder to make. The San Diego-based fighter has one victory in the past three years and is 1-2 with