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Thiago's failed Drug Test, Got Vera's Job Back

JKhrome12011-03-09 10:42:48 +0000 #1
Brandon Vera not cut by the UFC

by Steven Marrocco on Feb 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm ET



Light heavyweight Brandon Vera is still a UFC fighter.

Vera (11-6 MMA, 7-6 UFC) was cut by the promotion this past month following his third consecutive loss, which came against Thiago Silva (15-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) at UFC 125.

However, it has been learned that the result of that bout is expected to be changed to a "no contest" following additional scrutiny of Silva's post-fight drug test, and the promotion has rescinded Vera's release, sources close to the event told MMAjunkie.com ( www.mmajunkie.com): www.mmajunkie.com) .

FiveOuncesofPain.com first reported Vera's return as a possibility earlier today.

As of now, Vera merely is back on the roster and does not have a pending booking. Until this past week, he was medically suspended for a broken nose he sustained in the third round of the Silva fight, which took place Jan. 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

MMAjunkie.com earlier reported that the Nevada State Athletic Commission still is processing the drug-test results for one of the athletes who competed on the Jan. 1 event, and that athlete is believed to be Silva.

If Silva is confirmed to have failed his post-fight drug test, the NSAC is likely to issue him a suspension and fine, as well as changing the result of the Jan. 1 fight to a "no contest."

The Brazilian slugger was set to meet Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 130 but since has been replaced by Matt Hamill.

Vera spoke about his struggles to return to form as the fight with Silva approached and knew he was in a make-or-break situation.

"When I first came in here as a young kid, guns blazing, you learn a lot," Vera told MMAjunkie.com at the pre-event press conference for UFC 125. "Life experiences, fighting experiences, I've learned a lot.

"My team got on me. My coaches got on me. People smacked me around and told me to get it together. I think I got it together."

Unfortunately, things didn't go Vera's way during the fight. Silva dominated the fight when it hit the mat and earned a unanimous-decision win with two scores of 30-27 and one of 30-26.

Vera made his octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 2 as a heavyweight and quickly racked up wins over Frank Mir, Assuerio Silva, Justin Eilers and Fabiano Scherner. But he hit a roadblock with back-to-back losses against Tim Sylvia and Fabricio Werdum, and shortly afterward, he dropped to the light-heavyweight division. There, he met mixed results with a record of 3-1 before his recent slide.


Crow_Time2011-03-09 10:55:59 +0000 #2
Man, honestly, I think him being cut would have helped his career more. Could have went somewhere else, picked up some wins and confidence.

Vera has very good tools, but just hasnt ever seemed to put it together for what ever reason.
tw0mey2011-03-09 10:58:18 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by Crow_Time



Man, honestly, I think him being cut would have helped his career more. Could have went somewhere else, picked up some wins and confidence.

Vera has very good tools, but just hasnt ever seemed to put it together for what ever reason.

I agree, he has the potential, but doesn't have the right mindset right now. He doesn't have the right strategy.
JAX2011-03-09 11:25:18 +0000 #4
I noticed his last fight all he was interested in doing was leg kicks, he hardly throws punches at all anymore or mixes it up. i wonder who they will put him in next with? How about Tito? loser leaves town fight.
JimDaeWong2011-03-09 11:57:14 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by Crow_Time



Man, honestly, I think him being cut would have helped his career more. Could have went somewhere else, picked up some wins and confidence.

Vera has very good tools, but just hasnt ever seemed to put it together for what ever reason.

This may actually wake him up and give him some passion for training and fighting.
Mr Jones2011-03-09 11:13:51 +0000 #6
This is a lucky break for Vera, maybe he'll take things a little more seriously now and not believe his own hype.

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