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Brandon Vera’s Going to Be Out For a Long Time

(Click the above image to watch a sleepy, drugged-up Brandon Vera try to explain what happened to him on Sunday night.)

We just wanted to pass along a little update on Brandon Vera’s broken face following his beating by Jon Jones at UFC on Versus. Vera reportedly had surgery last night to fix his dislocated cheekbone, which was in woeful shape after absorbing that fight-ending elbow:

“It broke his cheekbone in three places and it’s sort of floating right now,” said [Vera's manager Matt] Stansell on Thursday. “(The bone) is kind of laying on the muscle of the right eye, which is preventing Brandon from looking to his right, and it’s pushing his eyeball forward.”
Stansell said two plates will be inserted during the surgery to secure the bone back in place. Vera, who hails from his own Alliance Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., hopes to return to grappling training in six to eight weeks. Stansell estimated it could take anywhere between four to six months before Vera will be medically cleared to spar again, though that timetable is determinant on the fighter’s recovery.

In other words, Vera won’t be back until the fall or winter, assuming that his face eventually returns to normal. And when he does come back, what will be waiting for him? A full-time position as a gatekeeper for up-and-comers? Most likely, he’ll have one more chance to prove that he has any sort of value to the company. Who would you put him up against at this point?

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Komodo- March 27, 2010 at 5:33 pm
The peanut gallery is on fire today :)
BFG- March 27, 2010 at 9:46 am
best match-up for Vera = Griffin
Tai-Pan- March 27, 2010 at 8:17 am
Thiago vs Vera would be good, but considering he won't be fighting for around 8 months who knows.

Fucking hilaroius, especially the last line.
Smitty- March 26, 2010 at 9:27 pm
Thiago Silva would kill Vera. I think OBI hit the nail on the head. Bonner would be a great fight for both men.
BryanF- March 26, 2010 at 4:03 pm
I say, put him up against "the janitor" Matyushenko. But an actual Janitor that works as a custodian in a facility.

Brandon Vera will be handicapped by his busted eye floating around in space while the janitor will have a bevy of cleaning solvents and a cart full of industrial strength cleaning appliances. Either way, the janitor has the more complete "toolbox" to bring in the cage.

Whoever wins, Filipinos will be happy. Chances are, both will be representing the country proudly.
robthom- March 26, 2010 at 3:41 pm
And a fucked life.
Smitty- March 26, 2010 at 3:36 pm
There, there now lobsterarm. Don't be so hard on yourself. Is that why you don't like the elbows........cause you have lobster arms?
mt59801- March 26, 2010 at 3:34 pm
Vera surgery VS Torres surgery which film will win??
Nealio- March 26, 2010 at 3:26 pm
Well now I feel bad calling Brandon a pussy for verbally taping after 1 Jones elbow..
lobsterarmcrank- March 26, 2010 at 3:00 pm
i knew someone would make the elbow-fucking joke the moment i pressed save. fuck my life
Catalyst8487- March 26, 2010 at 2:33 pm
I say move back up to heavyweight. LHW is too stacked for a ho-hum Vera to compete in. I still don't see him competing for a title at HW but he might be a top 8-10 instead of a top 15-20 at LHW.
Richard Fitzentite- March 26, 2010 at 2:25 pm
He's gonna wake up in Strikeforce....
failingev0lution- March 26, 2010 at 2:25 pm
but knee fucking, now that's where it's at.
El Famous Burrito- March 26, 2010 at 2:21 pm
Agreed. Elbow-fucking is for degenerate perverts.
lobsterarmcrank- March 26, 2010 at 2:12 pm
this is why fucking elbows shouldn't be allowed.
BobSapp- March 26, 2010 at 2:10 pm
RwilsonR- March 26, 2010 at 2:09 pm
Vera vs. Thiago Silva would be a good fight, though.
failingev0lution- March 26, 2010 at 2:08 pm
he needs to have someone take a picture of his face while the skin is still pulled back and the metal plates are put in. then someone can photoshop in a leather jacket and a shotgun and make an "i'll be back" gif.
RwilsonR- March 26, 2010 at 2:07 pm
I think he should drop to middleweight, so he can look as sickly as Mike Swick does at WW. Then he should fight Wanderlei Silva.
cecils_pupils- March 26, 2010 at 2:00 pm
I pitty the fool that talks shit to Jon Jones. Don't even think about it Rampage...
Kid Clam Curtains- March 26, 2010 at 1:58 pm
Fucking ouch...
Sneaky Pete- March 26, 2010 at 1:46 pm
I think the current Brandon Vera should fight the old Brandon Vera! The truth shall prevail!
BeastUnleashed- March 26, 2010 at 1:44 pm
I wonder if when he comes back he will go back to being the old Brandon Vera?
The Irish Hammer- March 26, 2010 at 1:34 pm
War Machine
Old_Bald_and_Irish- March 26, 2010 at 1:23 pm
Stephan Bonner.

"Loser Leaves Town" match!