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Brandon Vera Gets Downgraded

("My career went that-a-way.")

It looks like all those weak performances are finally catching up with Brandon Vera. The Truth — who has gone 1-3 in his last four fights, most recently dropping a split decision to Keith Jardine at UFC 89 — is reportedly finalizing a new contract extension with the UFC. I’d be willing to bet that he was forced to take a pay cut, as his $100,000 to show/$100,000 to win salary made him unquestionably the most overpaid fighter on the UFC’s roster. But even more painful than the possible money issue is who he’s fighting next. According to 5oz., Vera will be taking on Michael Patt at UFC 96 (March 6th; Columbus, Ohio).

So basically, the former top heavyweight contender is now at the bottom of the light-heavyweight ladder, taking on a guy who was trounced by Tim Boetsch in his UFC debut. Vera has gone from prospect, to star, back to prospect again. He’s one train stop away from Palookaville. As long as the UFC continues to pursue expansion into the Philippines, they’ll want to keep Vera around, even if it’s just to beat up unknown caucasians. But it’s not like he’ll be headlining a card anytime soon.

Of course if Vera loses to Patt, he’s done. We’ll have witnessed one of the most dramatic rises-and-falls in recent MMA history. It’s not a very likely scenario, but this is MMA — and this is Brandon Vera — so anything can happen.

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Da Truth- December 23, 2008 at 1:31 am
"and You shall know Da Truth..and Da Truth will set You free" have faith Vera will be back... he will have a great new Year...go back to heavyweight and KO Cock Chestnar [after Nog and then Mir both bash him] and end Dana "closet homo" Whites wet dream forever... and thats Da Truth.
Antone- December 22, 2008 at 10:55 pm
Co-sign with Anonymous & ADW...

After I saw Vera beat on some guy for the 1st time, I thought he was the shit. It was on some UFN, i think... the same card where Mike Swick introduced the Swickatine.

Anyway... he fell off.

Hopefully a pay cut will make him hungry again so he can bounce back.
Anonymous- December 22, 2008 at 5:20 pm
i agree with ADW at first i'm also a vera nuthugger, but now im disappointed at him, anyway guys, do you have any news on the bet between vera and huerta, cause i want to see roger huerta in a chicken suit. thanks
Walrus- December 22, 2008 at 5:16 pm
Vera's a little bitch

ADW- December 22, 2008 at 4:03 pm
I used to be the biggest Vera nuthugger, now I think he is a joke. I still don't know what the hell happened. His last 4 fights have been like a year and a half long kick to the groin.
j byrd- December 22, 2008 at 3:24 pm
Well.....he beat Mir.
Wand- December 22, 2008 at 1:44 pm
The only reason they keep him is because the UFC can get much money out of him if they make it into the phillippines (spelled right?) !
Anonymous- December 22, 2008 at 10:24 am
I cannot believe they renewed this guy's contract with so many fighters out there; he didn't even looked conditioned for his last two fights.
Hexed- December 22, 2008 at 9:17 am
Instead of calling Vera "the truth", moving forward, can he be called "the demotion"?
UFC Fan- December 22, 2008 at 8:10 am
Cute nipples on that guy
kostellow- December 22, 2008 at 8:09 am
very is indeed a fucking pussy....
Levi- December 22, 2008 at 7:40 am
This is like Mark Kerr without the drugs.