MMAJunkie.com is reporting that a match up between talented light heavyweights Thiago Silva and Brandon Vera is currently being looked at for UFC 125 this January. MMAJunkie reports that at least one of the two men has agreed verbally to the fight and that bout agreements have actually not yet been given out.
Norfolk, Virginia native Brandon Vera has had a back and forth UFC career after establishing himself as a prospect-to-watch in his early career. Vera entered into the UFC in 2005 undefeated in four pro fights and he would go on to rack up another four wins (all via stoppage) before hitting a road block in then-champion Tim Sylvia. Things would remain sketchy for “The Truth” from there on out as he would post a TKO loss to Fabricio Werdum on top of his unanimous decision loss to Sylvia. Vera dropped to 205 after the loss to Werdum and has gone 3-3 since, balancing wins over Reese Andy, Mike Patt and Krzysztof Soszynski with losses to Keith Jardine, Randy Couture and, in his most recent outing, Jon Jones.
Aggressive Brazilian scrapper Thiago Silva also entered the UFC undefeated as a professional, carrying with him into his UFC 71 debut a record of 9-0. After finishing James Irvin (albeit via knee injury), Tomasz Drwal, Houston Alexander and Antonio Mendes, Silva faced future champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida at UFC 94 and was knocked out in the first round. He would rebound with a knockout win over Keith Jardine but would again fall at the hands of Jardine’s teammate Rashad Evans as “Suga” defeated Silva at UFC 108 via unanimous decision. Silva has been rehabbing a back injury since his January fight against Evans and will be looking to return to form when he takes on Vera.
UFC 125 is currently unofficial but will likely take place this January 1st at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Though neither fighter will likely receive their walking papers from the UFC (although that is never a guarantee) both men need a win to secure their status as anything more than a gatekeeper in one of the UFC’s deepest divisions.