by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
The Ultimate Fighting Championship today confirmed a fight between former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia and undefeated Brandon Vera. The bout will take place at UFC 77 on Oct. 20 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
MMAWeekly last week confirmed that the fight was in the offing and that the recent outbreak of a staph infection at Pat Miletich’s camp, where Sylvia trains, would not affect the fight. While Sylvia was infected, unlike his teammate Drew McFedries who is out for six to eight months, he will not be out of action for any significant amount of time.
The fight will be Sylvia’s first since losing the heavyweight belt to current champion Randy Couture, who said of Sylvia vs. Vera, “I think that’s a very interesting fight.”
Recently signed to a new contract with the UFC, Sylvia is the #7 Heavyweight in the MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings and will be Vera’s first opponent in nearly a year. A contract dispute with his former management team has kept Vera out of the Octagon since he defeated Frank Mir in November of last year in Sacramento, California.
The bout bolsters a fight card headlined by hometown fighter Rich Franklin as he tries to wrest back the UFC middleweight title that he lost to current champion Anderson Silva.
UFC 77: Hostile Territory is scheduled for Oct. 20 at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Bouts officially confirmed for UFC 77:
-Anderson Silva (#1 Middleweight in the World)* vs. Rich Franklin (#4 Middleweight in the World)*
-Tim Sylvia (#7 Heavyweight in the World)* vs. Brandon Vera
Other bouts rumored for UFC 77, but not confirmed:
-Yushin Okami vs. Jason MacDonald
-Alan Belcher vs. Kalib Starnes
-Jason Black vs. Matt Grice
-Jorge Gurgel vs. Alvin Robinson
-Marvin Eastman vs. Demian Maia
-Eric Schafer vs. Stephan Bonnar
-Josh Burkman vs. TBA
* Based on MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings