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The Truth stays with UFC

Written on October 18, 2013 by Hector

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Brandon Vera will probably stay with UFC according to Dana White

The UFC has decided to keep Brandon Vera despite going 1-4 with 1 No Contest his last six fights. Vera, who was recently stopped by Ben Rothwell, has been lobbying in the cut list in the latter parts of his career. In fact, several MMA sites have predicted that he will be released from the promotion if he loses to Big Ben, which he eventually did.

Fortunately for Vera, his loss was once again tainted with controversy as his opponent tested positive for testosterone. A similar scenario has happened to him more than two years ago when he lost a unanimous decision to Thiago Silva. Vera was subsequently released from the UFC but they will later re-sign him when it was discovered that Silva submitted a fake urine sample in the post-fight test.

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UFC Fight Night 29 post-fight test returned clean results

Written on October 15, 2013 by Hector

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UFC Fight Night 29 post-fight test results: not a single fighter tested positive for banned substances

The Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) has released the results of the post fight tests of all the fighters that competed at UFC Fight Night 29 and surprisingly, all of them passed the test. Four men from the main cards had previously failed the test including the man of the night Jake Shields. Prior to the upset win over Maia, Shields was tested for an undisclosed substance that resulted in the overturning of the Ed Herman win to No Contest. The other three are Thiago Silva, Joey Beltran and the Rousimar Palhares.

Silva, who defeated Matt Hamill in his recent fight, has already failed the test twice. He faked a urine sample in the post-fight test of his decision win over Brandon Vera in UFC 125. Silva would again fail the drug test by testing positive for marijuana after handing the first career loss of Stanislav Nedkov in November last year.

Both Palhares and Beltran were suspended after failing the post-fight tests of UFC on FX 6 that was held last December in Australia. In that incident, Palhares tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone while Beltran was positive for anabolic steroids.

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Ben Rothwell suspended due to high levels of testosterone

Written on October 04, 2013 by Hector

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Big Ben received 9 months suspension for high testosterone levels following the win over Vera

Ben Rothwell received a nine-month suspension after he was tested with elevated levels of testosterone following his TKO win over Brandon Vera in UFC 164. The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional service has issued a letter to UFC about the results of Rothwell’s post-fight tests and it is the promotion itself that handed him the punishment. The news was first reported in MMAjunkie.com.

Rothwell has been granted an exemption to undergo testosterone replacement therapy prior to his most recent bout. The 31 year old native of Wisconsin has stated that he was shocked about the results since he was supervised by a doctor and was tested weekly coming into the fight. He also added that WDSP has elected to give him an administrative warning. The UFC however, has decided to put him on shelf. The promotion has released a statement regarding the incident:

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James Te-Huna Announces His Opponent For UFC on FUEL TV 4 via Twitter

Written on April 14, 2012 by Clive Wilson

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New Zealand light heavyweight James Te-Huna names Brandon ‘The Truth’ Vera as his opponent in the upcoming UFC on FUEL TV 4 event.

New Zealand light heavyweight James Te-Huna, names Brandon ‘The Truth’ Vera as his next opponent in the upcoming UFC on FUEL TV 4 event via Twitter account, @jamestehuna. He tweeted: “I’m fighting Brandon Vera, UFC on fuel 4″.

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Thiago Silva: Suspended and Fined by the NSAC

Written on April 09, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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For every offense, there is a sanction. Hence, Thiago Silva will be suspended until January 2, 2012 and will pay a fine of over $30,000.

Upon his admission of using steroids and providing fake urine sample for the UFC 125 pre-fight drug test, Thiago Silva has been suspended for one year. In addition to this, the Nevada State Athletic Commission fined him a total of $33,750.

The 28-year-old fighter told the NSAC that he took a prescription steroid during the training camp for his January 1 match against Brandon Vera due to an injury. It should be remembered that Thiago Silva was inactive inside the Octagon for over a year prior to UFC 125 due to an injured back. He then attempted to mask his usage by providing a fake urine sample that he bought online. Thiago Silva’s act was caused by the desperation to return to the action because he was “completely broke”.

That said, Thiago Silva’s license revocation will run until January 2, 2012. He wouldn’t be able to reapply his license until he serves the full suspension. As for his fight against Brandon Vera, the match was officially changed to a no-contest.

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Brandon Vera is Ready to Make a UFC Comeback

Written on March 23, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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While still busy recuperating from injuries, Brandon Vera is definitely making a UFC comeback.

Over the last several months, Brandon Vera was able to experience the high and low of his professional MMA career. After his loss against Thiago Silva last January, UFC released the California-based fighter. However, it didn’t last long after Thiago Silva got caught up in a positive drug test result.

While Thiago Silva is awaiting verdict from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Brandon Vera already got a new life in UFC. The Truth is still recuperating from injuries sustained during his last fight against Thiago Silva. But be that as it may, he is excited and “almost” ready to get back in the Octagon.

With a renewed lease under the UFC Banner, Brandon Vera definitely have a lot of pressure on his return. But now that he’s aware of what life is outside the Octagon, can he fight for his right to stay?

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Brandon Vera Returns to UFC

Written on February 23, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After his exit from UFC, Brandon Vera is back in the promotion! But he's not coming for UFC 128 -- at least not yet.

A few months ago, UFC released Brandon Vera after his loss to Thiago Silva at UFC 125. But its seems that his exit was short-lived, as he will have his UFC return for at least another fight.

However, it is not yet clear whether Brandon Vera’s return will be contractual or simply another chance given by UFC. In addition to this, he has not been offered a fight slot as of the moment. One bout that Brandon Vera will not be part of, at least, is filling in for Karlos Vemola. Karlos Vemola was forced to back out from his UFC 128 fight due to injury.

Brandon Vera’s return has no definite date as of this time. But in case he gets a new match, Fighting Insider will keep you posted.

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UFC 125: Resolution Predictions

Written on December 30, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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UFC 125: Resolution features an incredible cast of UFC performers. But before anything else, Fighting Insider pondered on who's arm will be raised on the upcoming UFC 125: Resolution.

Christmas is all over, and year 2010 will end in just a couple of days. Here at Fighting Insider, we know that fans are planning to welcome 2011 with a bang. Audience and viewers will definitely feel the explosion at MGM Grand Garden Arena, as Frankie Edgar brings his Lightweight championship belt on the line. That being said, Fighting Insider will be giving its fearless forecast on the UFC 125 main card.

Clay Guida vs Takanori Gomi

Though Takanori Gomi swings hammers whenever he throws his punches, it is possible that Clay Guida is aware of it. Guida is well-rounded enough to bag a unanimous decision win from this event, depending on the mentality that he’ll bring. But if he’ll strike for whatever reason, Gomi will definitely land something huge on him, and it might result to Technical Knock Out or Knock Out.

Nate Diaz vs Dong Hyun Kim

This fight will focus on how Nate Diaz evolved during his stay under the UFC banner. And despite being a dark horse for the title shot, he will probably land a TKO on round two or three against Don Hyun Kim.

Brandon Vera vs Thiago Silva

It’s been a long and rocky road for Brandon Vera. This time, one more loss and he will have his three-fight losing streak. And it is a general notion that a three-fight losing streak makes a fighter expendable from UFC. Unfortunately, it seems like Thiago Silva is too much for Brandon Vera to take. Simply put, Thiago Silva will win by unanimous decision.

Chris Leben vs Brian Stann

Brian Stann is a step backwards compared to the talent that Chris Leben has been executing lately. However, Stann’s ambidextrous and powerful arms is something for Leben to worry about. That being said, a loss to Stann can be the worst thing that can happen to him, since Anderson Silva pound his face during his UFC debut. But despite all that pressure, The Crippler will probably land a KO in round one.

Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard

This is the most difficult match-up to predict! Frankie Edgar was able to beat BJ Penn twice. And fans know very well that BJ Penn is one tough fighter. On the other hand, Gray Maynard is an unbeaten contender. And taking both matters at hand into consideration, the UFC 125: Resolution is definitely going to be a war. Both fighters will go five rounds, and audience can expect big takedowns, slams and striking at an amazing pace. But if Maynard didn’t show up in a monster form, Edgar’s uncanny cardio can be his best ally and it might help him land a unanimous decision.

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No Barred will Hold the Kryptonite Down

Written on September 20, 2010 by Zac Efren

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“There is only one champ and I’m him, send me to any organization and I will take the belt.” ---Tony "Kryptonite" Lopez

Tony “Kryptonite” Lopez is heading to the octagon to make a statement. Lopez didn’t see the one week’s notice to fight Jason Lambert a hindrance. It was only last Wednesday that the fight between Lopez and Lambert became official. Luckily, Lopez already lost ten pounds.
Prior to this, there was an issue regarding the quick cut which Lopez has make for him to go for the light heavyweight category. In just a span of five days, Lopez lost 26 pounds.

Aside from this, Lopez is on his way to face a particular fighter who is Brandon Vera.

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Thiago Silva vs Brandon Vera Set for UFC 125

Written on September 08, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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A pair of light heavyweights looking to rebound from recent high-profile losses will likely meet in January in what could easily be viewed as a "must-win" for both Thiago Silva and Brandon Vera.

Though bout agreements is yet to be distributed, a source close from one of the contestants revealed that UFC is targeting a match-up between Thiago Silva and Brandon Vera for UFC 125. And while it is not yet officially announced by the promotion, the event is set to take plan on New Year’s day at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

After a UFC 108 loss to Rashad Evans, Silva returns just one day shy of a full year. Though rumor of an ankle injury has spread prior to the event, Silva’s camp confirmed that it was actually an ailing back that gives the Brazilian a lackluster performance. He was then scheduled to face Tim Boetsch at the UFC 117, but he re-injured his back forcing himself to withdraw. Vera, on the other hand, fights again after his March loss against Jon Jones. Overwhelmed in the action, “The Truth” suffered multiple facial fractures in the match. After being considered as a top prospect in heavyweight and 205-pound divisions, Vera is just 3-5 since December 2006.

In the event that the match-ups will take action, to whom are you going to put your money on?

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