Brandon Vera out of UFC: report


Posted at Jun 19 2014 03:14 PM | Updated as of Jun 19 2014 11:14 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-American mixed martial artist Brandon "The Truth" Vera has reportedly parted ways with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) after an eight-year run.

Fox Sports said sources with knowledge of Vera’s contract situation have confirmed that the Fil-Am, who competed both as a light-heavyweight and a heavyweight, is no longer under a UFC contract.

Vera started his MMA career with an eight-match winning streak, culminating in a technical knockout victory over Frank Mir at UFC 65 on November 2006.

But a contract dispute caused him to be inactive for nearly a year, and in his first match back, he lost a decision to Tim Sylvia.

Vera's career has been on the downside as of late, as he has won only once in his last six fights – a decision over the unheralded Eliot Marshall at UFC 137.

Vera's most recent fight was a TKO loss to Ben Rothwell in a heavyweight bout, though Rothwell was found to have tested positive for high testosterone after the bout.

Prior to that, Vera was knocked out by former champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua on August 2012 in a competitive, entertaining four-round affair.