Report: Brandon Vera returning to the UFC


And "The Truth" shall set you free. Or in this case, save your job.

Brandon Vera was unceremoniously dumped by the UFC after his three round beatdown at the hands of Thiago Silva back on Jan. 1 at the "Edgar vs. Maynard 2" event. The Brazilian's strong performance earned him a crack at "Rampage" Jackson and sent his counterpart to the hospital with a broken nose, pink slip in hand.

According to, among other news outlets, he might be on his way back.

That's because Silva may (or may not) have had the aid of some chemical courage heading into their light heavyweight bout.

And if the urine sample comes back from the lab with abnormalities, Vera just may be granted new life with the world's largest fight promotion.

Of course, results of the urine analysis are still pending and it should be noted that nothing is official at this time. But if true, is the UFC making the right decision in giving Vera another chance?

While nothing is set in stone regarding a return to the Octagon for Vera, it does appear as if he will be granted at least one more shot to test his mettle in the sport's ultimate proving ground.

Perhaps lending credence to the story, and further incriminating Silva, is the fact the UFC decided to pull him from his scheduled bout against "Rampage" and book Matt Hamill in his place.

That doesn't mean he's not innocent -- but it certainly doesn't help the rampant speculation of his guilt.

For his part, Vera is just 3-5 in his last eight fights, not including the pending result of the Silva fight, which would likely be changed to a no contest if the Brazilian did indeed fail the drug test.

Anyone think a drug scandal will be the catalyst to the rebirth of the once dangerous Muay Thai specialist?

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