Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Sources: UFC could keep Brandon Vera
By Brett Okamoto ESPN.com
Brandon Vera's tenure in the UFC might not be finished after all.
Sources confirmed to ESPN.com that the organization is reconsidering its decision to cut Vera following his recent unanimous decision loss to Thiago Silva at UFC 125 on Jan. 1.
The loss is currently under review as Silva's urine tests are still pending with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. According to the commission's executive director Keith Kizer, Silva's urine sample will be transferred to a lab in Salt Lake City this week. Official results are expected sometime next month.
Should the test come back with abnormalities, the Jan. 1 loss would likely be changed on Vera's record to a no-contest.
If that is the case, sources have told ESPN.com the UFC would likely bring Vera back for another shot. Additional sources close to the light heavyweight's camp said they had not yet received an offer from the UFC when contacted Tuesday.
Vera (11-6) has posted a 3-6 record in his last nine fights and is currently on a three-fight losing streak. The 33-year-old fighter has fought the majority of his career in the UFC, joining the organization in 2005.
Brett Okamoto covers mixed martial arts for ESPN.com.