Completed MMA Bout

Brandon Vera vs. Thiago Silva I

Main Card | Light Heavyweight · 205 lbs | MMA

Brandon Vera vs. Thiago Silva I ends in No Contest

Brandon "The Truth" Vera
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)
United States   Nationality   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
  • Event Links:
  • Bout Links:

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
Wiki Contributors:

Vera vs. Silva I Fight Predictions

Tapology Community Predictions: 409  

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.

Merry Christmas Everyone!!! Or whatever you and yours celebrates!!!!!!!!!!!
1 week, 7 hours, and 41 minutes
  • MMA Junkie : Sergio Pettis set to defend title vs. Kyoji Horiguchi at Bellator 272
  • MMA Junkie : Armen Petrosyan already thinking about Israel Adesanya after earning UFC deal on DWCS 44
  • : Sergio Pettis defends bantamweight title against Kyoji Horiguchi at Bellator event on Dec. 3
  • MMA Junkie : Dana White's Contender Series 44: Grading the winners
  • MMA Junkie : UFC Fight Night 196 pre-event facts: Paulo Costa's stats still strong after title-fight loss
  • MMA Junkie : Katlyn Chookagian vs. Jennifer Maia 2 added to UFC Fight Night on Jan. 15
  • : Trocação Franca: JDS talks future in boxing, ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira picks Costa vs. Vettori winner
  • MMA Junkie : Carla Esparza says Rose Namajunas' KO of Zhang Weili was no fluke, expects her to win rematch
  • MMA Junkie : UFC adds Joaquin Buckley vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan to Jan. 15 event
  • MMA Junkie : UFC Fight Night 196 commentary team, broadcast plans: Paul Felder calls Marvin Vettori's main event
  • MMA Junkie : Bellator 269 pre-event facts: Can Fedor Emelianenko add another KO to resume?
  • : Morning Report: Dana White addresses vaccination requirement for international fighters, Conor McGregor’s latest issues
  • MMA Weekly : Dana White reacts to new U.S. vaccine travel mandate: ‘Fight Island will be hopping again’
  • MMA Weekly : Watch Marvin Vettori Tap Out Karl Roberson | UFC Vegas 41 Free Fight
  • MMA Weekly : Dana White’s Contender Series Season 5, Week 8 Results: Four fighters earn UFC contracts
  • MMA Junkie : Dana White says he hasn't spoken to Conor McGregor after allegation of striking Italian DJ
  • MMA Junkie : Dana White: 'Fight Island will be hopping again' after vaccine mandate for non-U.S. fighters
  • : Joaquin Buckley vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan on tap for Jan. 15 UFC event
  • : DWCS Season 5, Week 8 results: Caio Barralho makes second chance count, three other contracts awarded
  • MMA Junkie : USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Oct. 19: Can Vadim Nemkov or Corey Anderson ascend to No. 1?