Brandon Vera, who is expected to return to the UFC in October to take on Tim Sylvia, has signed a 6 fight contract with the UFC. Vera announced the news during an appearance on Fight Network Radio.
With a 4-0 record Vera made his UFC debut defeating Fabiano Scherner with a second round TKO at UFC Fight Night 2. He next posted a quick KO win over Justin Eilers at UFC 57 and quickly followed it up with another win, this time a submission victory over Assuerio Silva at UFC 60. In his last fight in late 2006 Vera dominated former heavyweight champion Frank Mir at UFC 65 winning via TKO in just 69 seconds.
Following the win over Mir it was thought Vera would receive a chance at then-Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia at UFC 68 but after issues arose with his manager Mark Dion the title shot ultimately went to Randy Couture. Vera, who will be out of action for nearly a year when he returns in October, has shown great potential but has not yet fulfilled every fighters dream of capturing a title.
The new contract will keep Vera in the UFC for approximately 2 years and will allow him to accept a title bout whenever it is offered to him. The UFC has shown preference in giving fighters with long-term contracts title shots over fighters who only have one or two fights remaining on their contracts due to the risk of having a championship fighter leave the organization if a new deal is not reached.
In his time away from fighting the UFC’s heavyweight division has been bolstered with fighters like Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and Cheick Kongo which will make his path to the UFC title that much harder.