Report: Vera, McKee Cut by UFC

By Mike Whitman Jan 6, 2011
The fallout from UFC 125 continues, as longtime performer Brandon Vera (Pictured) and debuting lightweight Antonio McKee were cut by the promotion after respective losses at UFC 125 on New Year’s Day.

UFC 125 took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, headlined by an epic lightweight title clash between champion Frankie Edgar and unbeaten challenger Gray Maynard. Five Ounces of Pain on Thursday was first to report of the demise of Vera and McKee.

Vera has lost three straight fights in the Octagon, falling to Thiago Silva at UFC 125. Throughout the match, the Brazilian controlled the action, taking the fight to the floor and then pounding on Vera from top position. The third round was particularly dominant for Silva, who pinned Vera against the cage and whipped looping punches at the American’s face. One such blow connected with Vera’s nose, breaking it badly. Prior to that defeat, Vera dropped contests to Randy Couture and Jon Jones, respectively. Though he debuted in the UFC as a heavyweight, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt has been fighting at 205 since losing consecutive fights to Tim Sylvia and Fabricio Werdum.

Though UFC 125 marked his promotional debut, the 40-year-old McKee has been fighting since 1999. Prior to losing to Jacob Volkmann, McKee had put together a 14-0-1 record in his last 15 fights. The brown belt in judo is a veteran of the Maximum Fighting Championship and the defunct International Fight League promotions. McKee holds notable victories over Marcus Aurelio and Carlo Prater, securing 18 of his 25 wins by decision.
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