It was officially announced tonight during WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson that Jon Jones will face Brandon Vera at UFC Fight Night 21 on March 21 in Denver, Colorado. The event will be the first from the UFC to be broadcast live on Versus. The network has only shown the UFC’s sister promotion, World Extreme Cagefighting, events in the past, however recently announced they will be airing two live UFC shows in the new year.
The bout comes after disappointing losses for both fighters. Jones suffered a controversial loss to Matt Hamill at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale last month when he dropped illegal elbows in the first round, garnering a disqualification loss.
Vera also recently lost a high profile fight at the hands of Randy Couture at UFC 105. Many felt that Vera won the bout, but “The Natural” walked away with a unanimous decision victory.
The UFC will have a busy in March as UFC Fight Night on Versus is scheduled to air on March 21, 2010. Less than a week later, UFC 111 will take place on March 27th in Newark, NJ. Days later, the UFC is slated to air a Fight Night show on Spike TV on March 31st.