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Brandon Vera Gets Un-Fired, Thiago Silva’s UFC 125 Drug Test Still Under Scrutiny

(“Oh God! His tiny, shriveled balls are digging into my back!” / Photo courtesy of MMA Weekly)

After taking his third-straight loss against a bitch-slappin’ Thiago Silva at UFC 125 on New Year’s Day, light-heavyweight Brandon Vera was given his walking papers by the promotion. But according to FiveOuncesofPain and MMAJunkie, the UFC has had a change of heart, and has reinstated Vera’s contract. The reason for the flip-flop seems to be Silva’s mysterious drug test from that fight, which is still under scrutiny by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The result of the Vera/Silva bout is expected to be changed to a “no contest,” and Silva will be facing a fine and suspension if the reports are accurate.

Last week, Vera went on The Ryan Loco Show and responded to the recent rumors of Silva’s ‘roid-usage. As he explained, it wouldn’t surprise him, and he wants revenge:

“I roll with Phil Davis,” Vera said. “I roll with Travis Browne. I roll with Junior dos Santos. I roll with the Nogueira brothers. When I’m in the half guard underneath somebody and I have their leg, and my other leg’s half-cocked up on their arm pit, I can rock people back and forth. I can rock you and either stand back up or get the sweep.

I remember when I was underneath [Silva] and I was pushing him back and forth. I was thinking, ‘What the hell? Why is this guy so damn strong?’ And I remember thinking during the fight, ‘Yo, I gotta start lifting weights again.’ He was one of, if not the strongest dudes I ever rolled with in my life. Strong bastard…

I didn’t know he was (patting my back) until the crowd started booing and cheering. I remember I looked back and was like, ‘What the hell?’ And I elbowed him in his face. I don’t know what he was doing that for. Kind of excited, I guess, because he knew he was winning the fight.

There’s stuff I want to say about you, Thiago. You know, I’m glad you were happy winning the way you were. It’s cool, man. It’s cool. If this thing comes back and you did do whatever you did and I make it back to the UFC, on your welcoming back party, I want to make sure I’m the one you get to fight.

And I promise if you take me down, I’m going to get back up. Then I’m going to punish you on the feet just like I did while we were fighting, until you took me down. Then you gave it to me, but you won’t take me down next fight. So I’m glad you got to showboat. I’m glad you got to win, kind of. But I’m gonna see you again soon, bud.”

We’ll update you when Silva’s test results are announced — so place your bets on which ridiculous excuse he’ll use if his urine comes back dirty.

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RwilsonR- February 24, 2011 at 8:58 am
Exactly, Viva!
mcdolph- February 23, 2011 at 9:48 pm
@NinjaNerd8 it's not a question - it's a fact. try reading what i wrote again, moron.
Viva Hate- February 23, 2011 at 8:07 pm
Three halves, yet 100% awesome.
Paysayten- February 23, 2011 at 7:30 pm
If Thiago test comes back positive for roids, then he cheated and Brandon should get his job back. Plus if I was Dana I would say Thiago also owes Vera a new nose, in addition to any other fines & penalties.
Some Jaded Hipster- February 23, 2011 at 7:05 pm
Ha, that's true, he didn't look like he was enjoying it. Poor guy.
RwilsonR- February 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm
@ Turd - any friend of Palhares is a friend of mine. He is like some sort of half-man, half-bear, half-wolverine hybrid created in a lab to destroy the knees of Murilo Bustamante's enemies. He is a Manbearverine!
Turd Furgeson- February 23, 2011 at 12:29 pm
@SJH and knuckles

I didn't in any way think it was excessive. I only meant Marquardt wouldn't stop punchin Palhares in the face when it was obvious Toquinho didn't like it.


If it wasn't for you RwR, and gb always havin my back, I would probably cry myself sleep every night. Since, ya know, CP is my life. Respect.
Waxedpants- February 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm
Silva is such a freakin prick I can't believe no one has killed him yet.
macreadysshack- February 23, 2011 at 11:59 am
Dudes, lay off Turd Ferg. He's got a long running and well known Palhares erection. It's his LIFESTYLE, man. He's been doing it long enough now that it has come all the fucking way back around to being funny.

Let's not go around talking about who stabbed who . . . this is supposed to be a happy occasion.

Turd Ferg is a loyal sonofabitch, period. Sorry, just period (not 'period.') 'Cause that's just stupid, period.
Dynamo- February 23, 2011 at 10:32 am
You cut out the part where he says he doesn't think he was trying to cheat.

If he did test positive this is the right call regardless.
MoonBelly- February 23, 2011 at 9:07 am
@EndlessSoldier - Vera's been fighting at 205 for a while now. The Silva fight was at 205. So yeah....
RearNakedSpoon- February 23, 2011 at 8:55 am
I roll with Travis Browne. I roll with Junior dos Santos. I roll with the Nogueira brothers...
He was one of, if not the strongest dudes I ever rolled with in my life. Strong bastard…"

So roids made him notably stronger than those dudes? I doubt they would take so long with the test results if he was that juiced up. Way to come across as a dick when you might be the victim.
Endless Soldier- February 23, 2011 at 8:37 am
That's Filipino humility, right there.

Methinks he's too small for the new breed of heavyweights, who are maximizing the 265-pound limit. The only real contenders not around that weight are Velasquez and Dos Santos. Big Nog and Cro Cop just aren't the same after signing with the UFC.

Vera vs. Schaub would be good.
danomite- February 23, 2011 at 8:28 am
when I read the headline I was gonna write something about how I hope that Vera doesn't use the possible roids as an excuse as to why he lost the fight. then I read the transcript of his interview and it appears I am too late. Who was I kidding though, thinking that he wouldn't use this as a cop out. This is, after all, the guy who thought he was better than Jon Jones after Jon Jones broke his face in half.
NinjaNerd8- February 23, 2011 at 8:02 am

Hilarious that you question his heart and desire to win when he went the distance with that nose.

I'm not a Vera nuthugger but you're a fucking asshole. Fuck you.
Morningwood- February 23, 2011 at 7:30 am
I don't see Vera winning a rematch. I like Vera, but he just doesn't seem the same over the past 3 years.
Viva Hate- February 23, 2011 at 7:24 am
Is that a scene from Deliverance? Squeal like a pig boy.
mcdolph- February 23, 2011 at 7:09 am
Holy shit! Brandon Vera's mouth is trying to cash a cheque which his skill, talent, heart and desire to win can't fulfill.
El Famous Burrito- February 23, 2011 at 7:00 am
Great caption.
knucklesamitch- February 23, 2011 at 6:59 am

It's funny that you mentioned Marquardt continuing to punch Palhares in the face like it was excessive (it wasn't)...When it is now generally accepted that if Palhares gets a submission locked on, he WILL hold it for an excessive amount of time.
Some Jaded Hipster- February 23, 2011 at 6:11 am
Leave it to Vera to start talking tough after getting beaten all to hell on what looked like his first day in the office. Roids or not, Silva would do that to him right around 9.5 times out of 10.

I didn't think Nate's finish in that fight was any form of excessive. Did that really bother you that much?
GILL-uh-TEEN- February 23, 2011 at 6:06 am
The UFC should send Vera a bill to cover all the money they have wasted on him. Most overpaid fighter ever.
Turd Furgeson- February 23, 2011 at 5:56 am
If Silva's results come back positive, it'll be the saddest day for me since Nate Marquardt wouldn't stop punching Palhares in the face.
MyDonkeyPunch- February 23, 2011 at 5:53 am
It may just be me but.... rolling with someone in practice and in a match are two different things.

On a side note, RIP Vera's nose... we hardly knew ye.
Dog Dicks Magoo- February 23, 2011 at 5:25 am
Roids or not Thiago still plays some mean bongos.