Upon hearing that Thiago Silva was reinstated by the UFC after being suspended for submitting a fake urine sample for their fight wherein he had his nose grotesquely broken, Fil-Am MMA fighter Brandon "The Truth" Vera wasted no time in letting his desire of getting back at the disgraced former UFC title challenger known.
Vera took to Twitter and wrote on Jan. 9, "Good Morning FB!!! I just heard my dear friend Thiago Silva is back...... I want that ass. No H_m_."
It's been more than a year since Vera's fight against Silva, which is also his last inside the UFC octagon. I was actually cageside in Las Vegas covering the fight which was on the undercard of UFC 125 headlined by Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard's rematch, and based on what I saw, I would definitely want to extract payback on Silva as well if I were Vera.
Vera had his moments when both fighters were on their feet, but was utterly dominated and manhandled by Silva on the ground. In the final minute of the third round, Vera found himself on his back and on the receiving end of Silva's punches, chops and what UFC commentator Joe Roger called "bitch slaps". Vera covered up and wasn't fighting back or doing anything to try and retaliate.
When Vera stood up after the sound of the final bell, it became clear why he was covering up; his nose was badly broken, disfigured and bent like it was made out of Play-Doh.
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Vera has recovered from an arm injury that had sidelined him for a few months and had him walking around during his recent visit to the Philippines with a cast and an arm sling back in late November. Vera was in the country to attend a local MMA event.
Once one of the most heralded rising stars in the UFC after sensational wins over the likes of former UFC Heavyweight champ Frank Mir, Vera has struggled to live up to his hype and expectations. A payback win over Silva would be a great start to get his career back on the right track.
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