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Brandon Vera Returns to Action Against James Te Huna at UFC on FUEL 4

(“How old are you again, Brandon? I lost count.”) 

It’s hard to imagine at this point in his career, but there was a time not too long ago that Brandon Vera was knocking on the door of a heavyweight title shot. Consecutive losses to Tim Sylvia and Fabricio Werdum quickly squashed this notion, and perhaps in an attempt to save his career, Vera dropped to light heavyweight. The results thus far have been nothing short of disastrous.

Since dropping to 205, Vera:
1. Scored a weak UD over Reese Andy in his debut at UFN 14
2. Was made Keith Jardine’s personal whipping boy at UFC 89
3. Was nearly bear hugged to death by Randy Couture at UFC 105
4. Had his face ground into a fine powder by Jon Jones at UFC Live 1
5. Suffered the second most embarrassing loss in UFC history* when Thiago Silva used him as his personal set of bongos before treating his face like that of a three dollar hooker at UFC 125. But hey, the fight was changed to a no-contest, so that’s something, right?
6. Had his arm broken by a guy he was supposed to destroy at UFC 137.

*We all know the most embarrassing loss in UFC History will always belong to Matt Lindland 

After Silva was popped for steroids in the aftermath of his win over Vera and served a subsequent year-long suspension, “The Truth” was supposed to welcome that “piece of shit juice monkey” back to the octagon at UFC on FX 3. However, when Vera found out that the aformentioned broken arm he sustained against Elliot Marshall would not be healed up in time, he was forced to withdraw from the rematch.

Vera might want to consider wearing his protective face guard ala Kobe Bryant when he squares off against James Te Huna, because that New-Zealander packs some serious power in his hands. Te Huna is currently 3-1 in the octagon, with all of his victories coming by way of uber violent (T)KO. He suffered his only UFC loss via rear-naked choke to top contender Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 127, so if Vera is smart, he’ll be looking to take this one to the ground, as Te Huna has shown a weakness for submissions in the past.

No date or location have been named for UFC on FUEL 4, though it is expected to place sometime in July.

Who you got?

-J. Jones


  1. blackboxmma Says:

    Fri, 04/13/12 - 09:15

    I thought he beat jardine and randy. He lost to a juiced up Silva and the champ.
  2. Fletch the V Stretch Says:

    Fri, 04/13/12 - 10:06

    If Vera had the "balls to the walls" fighting style of let's sat Matt Brown, he would win a lot more fights I think. Vera is way to cool and calm in the Octagon these days. It is almost like he thinks he is sparring.
  3. The12ozCurls Says:

    Fri, 04/13/12 - 10:50

    James Te Huna is gonna deliver Vera his walking papers.
  4. FightZen Says:

    Fri, 04/13/12 - 11:26

    ^Vera's mom
  5. mod777 Says:

    Fri, 04/13/12 - 11:49

    I don't know where did the writer got his information but is more twisted than my pretzels. Vera lost via CONTROVERSIAL decision against Keith and Randy. Which I thought he won and even Randy thought he would never win that fight.
  6. badmarthafocker Says:

    Fri, 04/13/12 - 12:16

    My thoughts exactly. A split decision loss is being someone's "whooping boy" and didn't he knock Randy down and have him in a lot of trouble? I'm not fact checking either of those statements, just going off of memory but I think I'm right.
  7. hawaiianlion15 Says:

    Fri, 04/13/12 - 01:03

    I think Jones is a good writer, but he is clearly new to the sport of MMA (he didn't even know who Burt Watson was). Like others have said, Vera definitely beat Randy and I thought he beat Jardine as well.
  8. DangadaDang Says:

    Fri, 04/13/12 - 01:34

    Though I thank you for the compliment, hawaiianlion, I've been following the sport for a good 8 years now. Yes, I will forever live shame for the Burt Watson slip-up, but the reason I listed Vera's losses as such was simply to prove a point. Regardless of how close the fights were, they counted as losses for Vera, who's run at LHW looks even worse when comparing it to his run at HW. As for the Couture fight, I said he got bear hugged, which was basically Couture's only significant offense the entire fight. I never said he got dominated. As for Jardine, just watch the end of the first round. Vera was turtled up eating punches like he was Jardine's little brother. That's what I was referencing. I've been in the game a while despite my age, you can trust me on that.
  9. Redmoose Says:

    Fri, 04/13/12 - 01:48

    Look at this comment section! I didn't know Brandon Vera still had fans!
  10. The12ozCurls Says:

    Fri, 04/13/12 - 03:30

    LOL - You took the bait. Sucker! LOL.
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  12. badmarthafocker Says:

    Sat, 04/14/12 - 08:54

    so not hating on someone makes you their fan? MMA fans are easily the biggest douchebags in the world
  13. badmarthafocker Says:

    Sat, 04/14/12 - 08:57

    he lost 1 round of a 3 round fight and you say he made him his whipping boy? I guess Huerta is Clay Guidas whipping boy too by your standards
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