Brandon Vera Admits ‘Jumping the Gun’ with Thiago Silva Rematch

March 20, 2012
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Brandon Vera’s mind was ready to rematch Thiago Silva before his arm was.

Vera originally agreed to rematch Silva at UFC on Fuel TV 3 in Fairfax, Va., on May 15, but less than 24 hours after verbally accepting the bout, he had to withdraw due to an injury. That injury, Vera said, was to his arm, which was hurt in his UFC 137 fight against Elliot Marshall.

Vera admits he “jumped the gun” in accepting the bout due to the excitement from getting another chance to fight Silva.

“When I heard Thiago Silva (and) Virginia, I was like, ‘What?! Man, yes!'” Vera told MMAWeekly Radio Weekend Edition.

Vera said he was cleared by one of his physicians to compete, but subsequent physical examinations by other doctors proved he was in no shape to fight. As a result, the rematch with Silva was removed from the fight card.

Following the unanimous decision win over Marshall, Vera said he went to the emergency room and was put in a sling, as well as given an MRI within 15 minutes of being there.

The fighter out of San Diego blames only himself for the injury. Vera said he put himself in the position to allow Marshall to apply the armbar that caused the injury, describing it as excruciating.

“It sucked,” he said. “It wasn’t one my favorite things.”

Silva now faces Vera’s teammate, Alexander Gustafsson, at UFC on Fuel TV 2 in Sweden on April14. Due to a scheduling conflict, it is unlikely Vera will corner his teammate when he faces Silva, but the two will surely train for the fight together.

Silva originally defeated Vera by unanimous decision at UFC 125, but the match was ruled a no-contest following Silva failing a drug test. Silva’s urinalysis samples showed inconsistencies with human urine. He later admitted to using a prescription steroid.


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  • Lesnardo

    Thiago Silva made Brandon “the Truth” Vera his woman.

    I am not buying the story that Vera was “excited” to fight Silva again.

    After a beating like that, I don’t even think Vera’s wife sees Vera the same way.

  • Towers66

    I’m sure the excitement of getting bitch slapped repeatedly while getting his face pushed in again was just overwhelming.

    • Lesnardo

      lol! That was hilarious when it happened. Thiago Silva should start doing that more often. Thiago “the wife beater” Silva.

      That way, when Thiago is facing a lower ranked fighter, the fighter would get scared of getting slapped like that.

      “Excited” to fight Silva again? HAHA!

  • pooby

    Thiago is super human, therefore he has super human piss. Problem?

    Brandon is scared of Silva.