Brandon Vera not released from the UFCPosted on February 22, 2011, 10:03 PM by Joey Santosus
It appears Light Heavyweight Brandon Vera will remain a UFC fighter after all.
Vera (11-6) was cut last month after coming up short against Thiago Silva at UFC 125, which marked his third consecutive loss with the promotion. However, reports have recently surfaced indicating that because the bout will likely be ruled a "no contest," Vera's name has been restored to the roster.
FiveOuncesofPain.com initially reported the news of Vera’s return.
The likelihood of the January 1st match-up being overturned stems from earlier reports that the Nevada State Athletic Commission had cleared 14 of the 15 competitors who underwent drug testing for the UFC 125 event, but were "still processing" one fighter's sample. Among the names cleared, Silva's had been omitted, leading to speculation that the Brazilian had failed the drug screening.
While there have been no further details released surrounding the test at this time, if positive, not only will the fight be ruled a "no contest," but Silva will likely face a fine and suspension as well.
Vera is recently recovered from a broken nose suffered in the final round of the New Year's Day match-up, which resulted in a mandatory medical suspension. There is no scheduled return date at this time.