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Rua-Vera now not title eliminator

Updated: August 3, 2012, 8:30 AM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

After receiving an outpouring of negative fan reaction, UFC president Dana White has decided that the light heavyweight bout Saturday night between Mauricio Rua and Brandon Vera will not be a title eliminator.

Instead, the co-main event showdown between Lyoto Machida and Ryan Bader also could produce the next top 205-pound contender.

"When the fans speak, we listen," White said Tuesday. "So whoever scores the best win, whoever gets the fans excited by going out there on Saturday ...

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