Brandon Vera Gets Second Life in the UFC, No Date for Return

February 22, 2011

Brandon Vera may have been released from the UFC a few months ago, but it appears that his exit was short lived.

The one time heavyweight and light heavyweight contender will return to the UFC for at least another fight, according to sources speaking with on Tuesday. initially reported the news of Vera’s return.

Vera was released from the promotion following his loss to Thiago Silva at UFC 125, but now with the Brazilian’s pending drug test from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, it appears the California based fighter will get another chance inside the Octagon.

While no details about Silva’s future have emerged, signs are pointing towards a positive test result from his drug test and a potential no contest ruling in his fight with Vera, which has been standard practice for the Nevada State Athletic Commission in the past.

Vera’s return may be contractual or it may simply be the UFC giving him another chance, the details aren’t clear at this point.

One opening that Vera will not be a part of at least as of right now is filling in for Karlos Vemola who was forced out of his UFC 128 fight against Luis Cane in March due to injury. Sources indicated to that Vera has not been offered that slot in particular, and at this time there’s no definite date for his return to the Octagon.

Vera did suffer a nasty broken nose in the fight with Silva, and was set to be suspended at minimum until March 3, and could be suspended until July 1 unless his fracture was cleared with a physician.