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Brandon Vera poised for return to the UFC

When Brandon Vera received his release from the UFC last month it seemed plausible to believe the lanky light heavyweight would eventually make his way back to the Octagon at some point in the future based on promise, personality, and past success. However, it appears Vera’s return to the promotion will occur far sooner than might have been originally expected based in part on the dark cloud still hovering above Thiago Silva’s drug test from UFC 125.

Five Ounces of Pain has learned from a source with knowledge of Vera’s status that “The Truth” is on the verge of re-signing with the UFC and is no longer fielding offers from other promotions in anticipation of his immediate return.

Vera was last seen on the losing end of a one-sided decision to Silva on January 1 where he also suffered a severely shattered schnozz. However, the Brazilian’s name was the lone omission from a subsequent NSAC drug test based on one of the samples he submitted testing positive for an unnamed banned substance. Official results of the screening are still pending.

If the 6’2 Californian does indeed get a second chance in the UFC he will look to bounce back from a trio of consecutive losses including an opening round TKO defeat to Jon Jones and semi-controversial decision to Randy Couture. Vera holds an overall record of 11-6 in his career and has claimed victory in the past over respected opponents like Frank Mir and Krzysztof Soszynski.