Brandon vera

Brandon 'The Truth' Vera

Brandon Vera is a fighter that has fought at both heavyweight and light-heavyweight in the UFC's ranks.

Vera was most currently on the bad side of a two-fight losing streak to top competition in Randy Couture and Jon Jones. After taking the rest of 2010 off to heal from the injury suffered in the Jones fight, Vera returned in January 2011 to face Thiago Silva. Silva defeated Vera via dominant unanimous decision, after breaking Vera's nose grotesquely in the third round. The fight was Vera's third-straight defeat, and he was cut from the UFC.

A little over a month later, Silva tested positive for drugs in the post-fight drug screenings of UFC 125 and his win over Vera was overturned to a no-contest. Vera was allowed back into the UFC. He was rumored to face either the winner or the loser of Tito Ortiz versus Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

Instead, he next returned against Eliot Marshall.
Brandon Vera

Brandon Vera posing for the cameras and showing off his severely broken nose after the Thiago Silva fight. Brandon Vera, ever the joker. Brandon Vera's nose couldn't get much broker.

Vera defeated Marshall via a controversial unanimous decision, suffering a broken arm from a Marshall armbar attempt in the process.

During his recovery, Vera called out Thiago Silva in January 2012 who had just been released from his one-year suspension after testing positive for steroids in the post-fight drug urinalysis after the pair's first fight in January 2011. The fight was scheduled but Vera was injured and forced to pull out of the fight shortly afterwards.

After recovering, Vera next signed to face brutal Australian striker James Te-Huna.

Instead Vera fought former UFC light-heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua losing via fourth round technical knockout after an absolute war.

Vera took some time off but it was later revealed that he had taken it off to move up in weight as in May 2013 Vera was announced to be returning to heavyweight to fight Ben Rothwell.


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