Round 1: Both fighters open with a ton of aggression and meet directly in the center of the cage and begin exchanging. First Silva has the clinch, then Vera, both landing effectively. The pace slows a bit and they clinch against the cage. Silva grabs a leg and flings Vera to the mat and is now in half-guard, looking to pass. Silva is landing disruptive shots to Vera’s skull as he is trying to open him up to pass. Silva passes to side-control now and is looking for a submission as he works peppering shots to Vera’s head. Silva postures and lands a glancing elbow and Vera begins to turtle up a bit. Silva briefly looks for a straight armbar, or Kimura but gives it up and continues with the ground and pound. Silva postures and drops for a heel hook, but nothing happens, and the round ends. 10-9 Silva.
Round 2:Words were exchanged at the end of the round and both fighters come out swinging like a couple of maniacs! Vera stuns Silva and the Brazilian retreats! Silva fires back and drills Vera with a right hook, followed by a crisp knee! Great action! Now both fighters clinch against the cage and Silva earns a much needed takedown. Silva is now postured in Vera’s guard and is raining down hammer fist’s and thudding elbows. Silva stacks Vera up and throws a lunging right hook that connects. Silva is now in Vera’s half-guard and is trying to improve his position. Vera looks tired and is just laying on the ground and the crowd erupts with boos. Silva postures and drills Vera with punches to the side of his head, and Vera grimaces. The round ends, 10-9 Silva.
Round 3:Body kick drops Silva to open the round and Vera raises his hands, like, “What?!” Silva doesn’t like this gestures and rushes in wih a few shots of his own and now they clinch against the cage. Very familiar, a ton of action to begin, then a very anti-climatic stall. Silva rips Vera to the ground and has one hook in–looking to take Vera’s back. 3:20 left in the round and the crowd begins to boo. Silva lands some peppering shots to the side of Vera’s head, but nothing significant, he’s just trying to stay active. Vera tries to posture but Silva does a good job at controlling and lands some effective knees to Vera’s thigh. Silva begins slapping Vera on the side of the head, and patting him on the back, ala Randy vs. Tito. Vera is just laying on the ground and the crowd is furious. Silva is staying busy, peppering shots and looking for the sub as the round ends. The crowd erupts in defeaning boos. 10-9 Silva.
Thiago Silva def. Brandon Vera by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27), R3