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Brandon Vera: 'I'm ashamed to have been a part of' Tim Sylvia UFC 77 fight



"My thumb got caught and pulled back like a banana.... I held my breath and pulled it real hard and it didn't go back in. I finished the first round, went back to my coaches, who were like ‘(expletive) your left hand, you don't need it! Use your right hand.' I was like cool, I won't use my left hand.... I wanted to punch Tim so hard. I should have just kept touching and moving, instead of trying to light him up early. He started hitting me; I couldn't hit him back. I started throwing short elbows to try and catch him on his way in. I sucked. That was one of the most boring fights ever. I'm ashamed to have been a part of it."

Brandon Vera talks about his unanimous decision loss to Tim Sylvia at UFC 77: "Hostile Territory" in October 2007, during which he broke a bone in his hand. "The Maine-iac" is now set to challenge Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for the interim heavyweight title at UFC 81: "Breaking Point" on February 2. "The Truth" is still on the mend and will be unable to return until May at the earliest.

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