With no timetable for his Octagon return following yet another hand injury, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has parted ways with longtime heavyweight veteran Brandon Vera (12-7), according to FOX Sports.
Vera, 36, was at one time considered a future champion, racking up eight straight wins and finishing off former UFC heavyweight kingpin Frank Mir. But after a perfect 8-0 start to his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, "The Truth" has gone just 4-7 with one no contest and has struggled to stay healthy.
That includes an unsuccessful run at light heavyweight, as well as a short-lived release.
His inability to defeat a ranked opponent in almost five years left him on the outside looking in and the bad news is, the sport continues to evolve at a rapid pace and has been known to chew up and spit out the old guard in the most unforgiving manner.
Making this 2008 promise all but impossible.
Vera still has a few good years left in him -- if he can stay off the injured reserves -- as plenty of options outside UFC still exist. Heck, if Kimbo Slice is still getting offers to make hay while the sun shines, then "The Truth" should have no trouble finding work.