Originally posted on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 7/30/12
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Less than a week ago, UFC president Dana White (Pictured) claimed Mauricio “Shogun” Rua could solidify his next dibs status by posting an impressive win over Brandon Vera in Saturday’s featured attraction. On the flipside, if Vera serves up an upset special or Shogun is less than spectacular in victory, Lyoto Machida would earn the nod if he gave Ryan Bader the business in the night’s co-main event. However, during Monday’s conference call White clarified the light heavyweight pecking order. Unfortunately for “The Dragon” and Bader, they were unexpectedly erased from the top contender picture for the time being. By the same token, White wasn’t speaking as though he expected Vera to reign supreme this weekend inside Staples Center in Los Angeles. “I already announced the winner of Vera and Rua gets the shot,” White said in response to Machida or Bader possibly jumping the line with a devastating finish. “Of course I hope that all the fights are exciting that night, but you’re dead on w
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