Saturday, 4 August 2012

UFC on FOX 4 results: Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua stops Brandon Vera in main event war

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs. Brandon Vera was impressive, but in a different way.

Whereas the co-main event in the UFC's four-man title sweepstakes featured sudden, jaw-rattling violence, the main event of UFC on FOX 4 showcased the hearts of two men forced to climb a higher mountain, cardiovascularly speaking, than their counterparts.

In the end, Rua outlasted Vera, earning fourth-round TKO in the main event of UFC on FOX 4, which took place Saturday at Staples Center in Los Angeles and aired live on FOX.

Rua's war of attrition left the audience lacking in breath, but Lyoto Machida's co-main event knockout of Ryan Bader earned the nod from UFC president Dana White, who announced that "The Dragon" will face the winner of Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson at UFC 151 in September.

Afterward, an exhausted Rua criticized his performance in the fight, which was scheduled for five rounds.

"I got tired from the second to the third round more than I expected," the Brazilian light heavyweight said through a translator.

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