Brandon Vera Released by the UFC

Written by Tom Ngo
January 6th, 2011

UFC Light Heavyweight Brandon Vera

Not too many moons ago, some believed Brandon Vera was MMA’s next coming. Fast forward four years and “The Truth” is already gone. According to FiveOuncesofPain, Vera has been released by the UFC following his third consecutive loss.

The 33-year-old was considered one of the sport’s top up-and-comers after his shellacking of Frank Mir at UFC 65 in November 2006. Vera was then involved in a bitter contract dispute with the world’s premier MMA promotion.

After an 11-month hiatus, he returned to post a disappointing 3-6 Octagon record. Vera was dominated by Thiago Silva this past weekend at UFC 125 and wound up looking like THIS for his troubles.

The Muay Thai specialist was perfect through his first eight professional mixed martial arts scraps, but currently holds a 11-6 record overall. Because of his ability to double-dip in the heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions, it’s likely Vera won’t be standing in the unemployment line for too long.

If this report holds true, middleweight Mark Munoz is now the only Filipino-American remaining in the UFC. Phillipe Nover was cut last year.

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