Since Vera wants to take a swing at HW, why not throw him in to the fire?
If Erikson wins, it puts him one fight away from getting a title match IMO (considering his history) and Arlovski craps his pants a little. No real damage to Vera because he lost to an Elite HW.
If Vera wins, the Marketing department at UFC has a circle jerk and Vera gets some quantitative credibility added to the non-stop speculation. Erikson would probably find it tough to get a fight if this happens, but that is no different from his current status.
BIG CAT vs VERA
LETS GET IT ON