MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Filipino-American Brandon "The Truth" Vera has failed to bounce back from losses and an injury.
He absorbed another loss at the hands of Thiago Silva in their Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight clash Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
Vera was defeated by Silva via unanimous decision in their "UFC 125: Resolution" bout held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Silva secured the win via a 30-26, 30-27, 30-27 decision.
In the first round, the 2 fighters showcased aggressiveness, with Vera landing leg kicks and Silva driving hard punches.
A minute into the fight, Silva took down Vera.
Thirty seconds into the second round, Vera attempted to redeem himself but Silva once more got on top.
At the start of the third round, Vera bounced back by knocking Silva down. Within a minute, however, the latter took control as he went on top of the Filipino once again.
Silva's grappling power seemed too much for Vera, who had his nose broken by his opponent.
With the victory, the Brazilian now boasts a 15-2 record.
Meanwhile, Vera – who had vowed to win after sustaining an injury against American Jon “Bones” Jones last March – dropped to an 11-6 record. – With reports from ABS-CBN North America correspondent Bev Llorente and MMAFighting.com.