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Brandon Vera vs. Thiago Silva I

Main Card | Light Heavyweight · 205 lbs | MMA

Brandon Vera vs. Thiago Silva I ends in No Contest

Mmaweekly large Brandon "The Truth" Vera
Mmaweekly large Thiago Silva


11-5-0   Pro Record At Fight   14-2-0
Stayed at 11-5-0   Record After Fight   Stayed at 14-2-0
+125 (Slight Underdog)   Betting Odds   -145 (Slight Favorite)
Us United States   Nationality   Br Brazil
San Diego, California   Fighting out of   Boca Raton, Florida
33 years, 2 months, 3 weeks, 1 day   Age at Fight   28 years, 1 month, 2 weeks, 6 days
205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   206.0 lbs (93.4 kgs)
6'3" (190cm)   Height   6'1" (185cm)
76.0" (193cm)   Reach   74.0" (188cm)
Alliance MMA   Gym   Blackzilians
UFC 125
  • Bout Information
  • Event: UFC 125: Resolution
  • Date: Saturday 01.01.2011 at 10:00 PM ET
  • Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
  • Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Bout Billing: Main Card (fight 9 of 11)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
  • Vera Total Disclosed Pay: $60,000
  • Silva Total Disclosed Pay: $110,000
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Vera vs. Silva I Wiki Update Wiki

A healthy and visibly revitalized Thiago Silva showed former UFC golden boy Brandon Vera the door to the Zuffa-owned promotion with a brutal display of dominance at UFC 125, clobbering Vera into helplessness over three increasingly lopsided rounds to win an uncontroversial Unanimous Decision victory. Vera, whose UFC career began with such promise as a heavyweight, was released from the promotion following two straight losses in which he looked overpowered and physically weaker despite fighting at light heavyweight. Vera left the Octagon that night with his nose gruesomely smashed to one side from shots received while turtled up motionless for the final minutes of the fight.

While it marked a sad end to Vera's early UFC promise, the bout was a turning point for Thiago Silva as well. Finally recovered from a lower back injury that had slowed his movement and virtually prevented him from training his ground game for more than a year, Silva entered the cage at 125 looking like a beast. He used quick, powerful striking and smothering top control to completely shut down Vera's offense throughout the fight, and showed the personality of the Thiago Silva of old, glowering at and menacing Vera as the horn sounded to end the rounds. His dominance was so complete by the third that as Vera knelt face down with Silva riding his back, Silva literally began to toy with him, slapping him open-palmed upside the head, boxing his ears and dropping Saku-style Mongolian double-fist chops to the temple.

Silva's confidence was clear, and the scary power of his full game quickly earned him a high profile fight against Rampage Jackson in his next UFC outing. Vera was cut from the UFC with the bout representing his third consecutive defeat. On April 7th, 2011, however the result of the fight was overturned to a no-contest by the Nevada State Athletic Commission due to a failed drug test by Thiago Silva. Silva was fined and suspended for a year, while Vera was invited back to the UFC instead of being cut.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:17 PM ET
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Videos & Highlights

    Interview  |  Thiago Silva post-fight interview video UFC 125 report dead link

    Watch this post-fight interview with Thiago Silva after his demolition of Brandon Vera at UFC 125.

Vera vs. Silva I Fighter Tweets

If fighters from this bout were talking on Twitter before or after the fight, this is where you can find it. Below are all the Tweets we've recorded near the date of the bout.

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