An injury has forced Brandon Vera to withdraw from his rematch with Thiago Silva. | Photo: Dave Mandel
Brandon Vera has suffered an injury and will be unable to compete against Thiago Silva as originally expected at UFC on FX 3.
Promotion officials revealed the news Saturday, just two days after initially announcing the planned pairing. A replacement is currently being sought. UFC on FX 3 is expected to take place May 15 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., and will feature a middleweight confrontation between Tom Lawlor and Jason MacDonald.
Vera and Silva first met at UFC 125 in January 2011. Silva dominated the American for three rounds, badly breaking his nose en route to earning a unanimous decision. However, the result of the bout was later changed to a no-contest after Silva’s post-fight drug screen was flagged.
Silva soon admitted to taking injections containing banned substances in order to treat a chronic back injury and masking his urine sample with an adulterant to hide the evidence. The Brazilian was suspended for one year and fined a total of $33,750. He has not competed since.
Meanwhile, “The Truth” returned to action this past October, edging Eliot Marshall at UFC 137 in a contentious unanimous decision. A former heavyweight prospect, Vera has posted an Octagon record of 4-3 with one no-contest since dropping to 205 pounds.