The UFC brings a mismatched fight to Los Angeles this Saturday, and the fight itself has Rocky-esque implications attached to it.

The two fighters in the main event, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Brandon Vera, are perhaps the biggest talent gap the UFC will put in a main event, and definitely the biggest in a while.

The main event is good for the casual fans, though, on a televised card for Fox. Despite the big gap between the resumes of these two, Rua and Vera are really talented strikers and both can bring an exciting element to the fight. Rua, of course, is coming off of his “Fight of the Year” performance against Dan Henderson last fall at UFC 139, so you can’t go wrong with a man who was part of such a memorable battle.

Both fighters bring exciting Muay Thai to their fights, utilizing every limb you can possibly think of. And while Vera has never reached his full potential in his UFC career, he could very well reach it in what is a huge fight for him.

Like I said, the fight has some Rocky-esque implications. Vera, much like Rocky Balboa, is getting a huge career opportunity here. He needs the fight to catapult him back to where he was when he was 8-0 and coming off a win over former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir.

Brandon Vera (James Law/Heavy MMA)

Vera should, and will, bring his A-game to this one-time opportunity—and what could be his last opportunity—against a big name guy. Outside of being bumped further down the UFC rankings—Vera is unranked in any major polls and is currently 23rd on the USA Today/SB Nation Consensus MMA light heavyweight rankings—Vera has very little to lose and everything to gain from a win. So, of course, he will bring an exciting factor to the fight.

Rua might as well, too. I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed by a Rua fight, and I think the casual fan will enjoy watching his unique brand of Muay Thai and overall striking that earned him his one-time UFC light heavyweight championship.

These two guys are going to bang at UFC on Fox 4, and that is what the casual, non-MMA fan wants to see—two guys who are going to throw fists and bludgeon the other on the way to a TKO or a straight knockout victory.

Rua and Vera have a chance at UFC on Fox 4. The fight has all the implications to be exciting, and on a card that has some pretty good fights that will be televised on a major network like Fox, it could be the shining star in Los Angeles.

Top Photo: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (James Law/Heavy MMA)

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Sal DeRose
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Sal hails from New Jersey and is currently training for his first MMA fight. He hopes to use his knowledge and insight to generate articles that interest and entertain you. Outside of MMA, Sal is a big fan of every other sport. He's a diehard New York sports fan, with the exception of cheering for the Packers.