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UFC 125: Brandon Vera Vs. Thiago Silva

The following is from our live coverage of UFC 125: Resolution. To access our full coverage, check the main page.

Silva looks characteristically gruff on his walk out to the Octagon. Vera walks out looking eager to a Kanye West track. Steve Mazzagatti covers this bout.

Round 1: They take to the center of the cage and start throwing down immediately. Vera gets the clinch and fires off with knees and then a nice punch combinations. A few nice leg kicks land for Vera, who is matching Silva’s aggression so far. Silva lands a takedown from the clinch. Silva is in half guard. Vera mostly smothering Silva’s offense from the top. He gets butterfly guard. Silva passes to side control. Silva landing ground and pound now. Silva is balling Vera up much like Kim did to Diaz earlier. Silva has completely shut Vera down and is now landing with intermittent ground strikes. Silva rolls for a leg but Vera avoids. Silva is looking to tee off from the top.

They get in each other’s faces after the bell. scores the round 10-9 for Silva

Round 2: Vera firing away at the start of the round, standing in the pocket and looking to brawl. Silva lands a few nice punches. They clinch and, after Vera lands a few nice knees, Silva lands a foot trip and gets Vera down. Silva landing peppering strikes. Vera throwing elbows off of his back. Silva looks to posture and Vera is throwing up kicks. Silva avoids and goes back to dominating on the ground, much like the first round. The action stalls and the crowd boos. Silva landing with some short ground strikes. Silva is hammering away now. Vera seems at a complete loss as to what to do with Silva’s top control. Silva briefly explodes with some rapid ground punches. scores the round 10-9 for Silva

Round 3: Vera catches a kick and knocks Silva to the ground. They exchange briefly but Silva gets ahold of Vera and takes him back down. Vera shows flashes of brilliance on the feet but just cannot handle Silva when they hit the mat and can’t stop him from getting him down. Silva has Vera’s back with one hook in against the cage. There isn’t much action happening now, save for some ground and pound from Silva. Silva is just dominating Vera, even drumming his back at a certain point. This fight is very reminiscent of the Diaz-Kim bout, but more dominant in Silva’s favor. Silva is teeing off from the back, even boxing his ears. Vera is getting beat down and has no answer. Very disappointing performance for Vera, whose nose appears quite broken. scores the round 10-8 for Silva

Vera’s nose is devastated.

Thiago Silva defeated Brandon Vera via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)