Couture will beat Vera, period. He may be old however IMO against Nog, who is a much more versatile and dangerous opponent than Vera will ever, he was able to put up a classic fight. Vera has looked unimpressive at 205. This win will give him the title shot, whoever that may be against, for one reason and one reason only, MONEY. This is a business and Couture/Machida or Couture/Rua sells more ppv's than any other fighter at this time. Is it fair? Probably not, but its certainly not Dana hanging on anyones nuts, its purely business.