Brandon Vera intends to continue career
Following another humbling defeat, this time at the hands of Thiago Silva at UFC 125, former heavyweight and light heavyweight prospect Brandon Vera was released by the UFC on Wednesday -- but don't expect him to hang up his gloves.
While at breakfast the morning after losing to Silva, Vera told his manager and his camp he would continue to fight and hopefully fight his way back into the UFC at some point.
"He'd like to revamp his career," Vera's manager, Matt Stansell, said in a text to ESPN.com.
Once touted as a legitimate threat to hold belts in the heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions, Vera (11-6) is now riding a three-fight losing streak and has gone 3-6 in his last nine. Although he looked good on his feet against Silva at UFC 125, he was taken down almost at will and offered little resistance off his back. In the third round, Silva humiliated Vera by slapping him with an open palm as he was trapped in a bad position against the fence.
Even before the unanimous decision for Silva was read, many were already speculating about Vera's imminent release from the UFC.
But at 33, Vera still believes he's got something to offer as a fighter. Prior to his loss on Jan. 1, Vera even mentioned he had no plans to stop fighting regardless of what happened.
"This is my job, this is what I'm supposed to be doing," he said. "People always ask me what would I do if I weren't fighting. I honestly don't know what I'd do if I stopped fighting."
Vera was one of four UFC fighters cut from the roster Wednesday that competed on New Year's Day. Antonio McKee, 40, was released after losing his first UFC fight to Jacob Volkmann by split decision. Marcus Davis, 37, was let go following a knockout loss to Jeremy Stephens. Phil Baroni, 34, is gone after a TKO loss to Brad Tavares.
Brett Okamoto covers MMA for ESPN.com.