Dana White: “Brandon Vera is Back in the UFC”

Written by Tom Ngo
March 15th, 2011

UFC Light Heavyweight Brandon Vera

Getting fired can be an infuriating experience. However, Brandon Vera is living proof why one should never go out in a blaze of glory. UFC president Dana White has confirmed the company has rehired the light heavyweight amidst Thiago Silva’s sticky situation.

After hanging a lopsided unanimous decision victory on the Filipino-American at UFC 125, Silva confirmed he failed his drug test but denied any wrongdoing. While the Nevada State Athletic Commission awaits the return of his B-Sample, Vera was issued a new lease on life.

“He has [been brought back],” White told MMAFighting. “Brandon Vera is back in the UFC.”

It’s clearly a win-win situation; Vera gets to resume his career inside the Octagon, while the UFC’s clothing catalog won’t be as awkward with Vera’s face plastered all over it anymore.

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. The Muay Thai specialist was perfect through his first eight professional mixed martial arts scraps, but currently holds a 11-6 record overall.

“The Truth’s” match against Silva is still officially listed as a ‘Loss,’ however could get overturned to a ‘No Contest’ depending upon the result of Silva’s second sample.

Don’t forget to follow @5thRound on Twitter, Facebook and Google+!