When Brandon Vera was offered the chance to have a rematch with Thiago Silva at UFC On FX 3 in May he immediately leapt at the offer, but it turns out he was a little too hasty in saying yes and has now had to withdraw from the bout.
Vera explained what happened in a post on his Facebook account after word emerged at the weekend that the fight was off.
“I’ve been bugging my manager, I’ve been bugging [UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva and the UFC, so as soon as Thiago Silva’s suspension was over and he was available, I would like to be the first one to fight him and get back in there with him. Kind of a welcome back thing,” Vera stated. “Finally the fight came, Joe said the fight can happen May 15th. My manager told me the fight is happening May 15th.
Without thinking, without talking to my coaches, without talking to my doctors, I verbally said ‘Yes, I’m down for the fight, let’s do this, let’s get it done. I’m in.’ The next morning I went to my doctors after training and … they said there’s no way I’ll be ready by then, and I need to focus on getting better. So I sat down and was thinking, ‘Yeah, maybe those guys are right.’ So I didn’t check with my doctors, I didn’t check with my coaches.
I still wanna fight you bad Thiago, Thiago, however you say your name juice monkey. I still wanna fight you bad. So whenever you’re ready, whenever I’m healthy enough, I’m your huckleberry.”
It’s unclear whether the UFC will now aim to hold the fight back to a later date, or will instead look to pair Silva up with a different opponent. However, given that the Brazilian has been out of action for over a year it would appear to make sense for him to get into the Octagon ASAP rather than hanging around so my money is on the latter option.