Brandon Vera

UFC 89 Weigh In Results

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Main Event
Chris Leben (186) VS Michael Bisping (185)
Brandon Vera (203) VS Keith Jardine (205)
Luiz Cane (206) VS Sokoudjou (205)
Chris Lytle (170) VS Paul Taylor (170)
Marcus Davis (169) VS Paul Kelly (169)
Akihiro Gono (171) VS Dan Hardy (169)
Neil Wain (254) VS Shane Carwin (264)
David Bielkheden (156) VS Jess Liaudin (155)
Sam Stout (155) VS Terry Etim (155)
Jim Miller (155) VS David Baron (155)
Per Eklund (156) VS Samy Schiavo (156)

Vera Claims He Has More to Offer Fans

Brandon Vera discusses his upcoming bout against fellow light heavyweight contender Keith Jardine on the main card of next weekend’s UFC 89, which will air via tape delay on Spike TV, in the above video courtesy of ESPN.

UFC Confirms Jardine vs. Vera for October


Brandon Vera. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has confirmed a previously rumored light heavyweight clash between part-time training partners Keith Jardine and Brandon Vera, which will take place on October 18th at UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben. The event will emanate from the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England.

The UFC officially announced the fight in a press release sent out to the media yesterday. The bout will serve as the show’s co-main event.

After surprising many with his shocking win over former champion Chuck Liddell last fall, Jardine looked to move into title contender status only to be brutally knocked out by longtime PRIDE title holder Wanderlei Silva at UFC 84 in May. Jardine has now lost (and has been knocked out in) two out of his last three bouts.

Meanwhile Vera has been a bit of a scapegoat this week for his lackluster performance against IFL convert Reese Andy at the UFC’s “Silva vs. Irvin” event a couple weeks ago. It’s key to note that the fight was Vera’s first in his career at 205 lbs and that a bad weight cut (he said it was his first cut in close to nine years) likely contributed the absence of his usual explosiveness.

Reports: Jardine-Vera Added to UFC 89


Keith Jardine exchanges punches with Forrest Griffin at UFC 66. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Hard-hitting light heavyweights and part-time training partners Keith Jardine and Brandon Vera will each look to turn in much-needed impressive performances when they clash on October 18th at UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben, which will take place at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England.

The news was first broken by our friends at Cage Potato earlier today. MMA Junkie has learned that Jardine confirmed the bout himself today on an unnamed Albuquerque, New Mexico radio show. The UFC has yet to confirm the bout. It’s expected that it will be included as part of the event’s televised main card.

After surprising many with his shocking win over former champion Chuck Liddell last fall, Jardine looked to move into title contender status only to be brutally knocked out by longtime PRIDE title holder Wanderlei Silva at UFC 84 in May. Jardine has now lost (and has been knocked out in) two out of his last three bouts.

Meanwhile Vera has been a bit of a scapegoat this week for his lackluster performance against IFL convert Reese Andy at last weekend’s “Silva vs. Irvin” event. It’s key to note that the fight was Vera’s first in his career at 205 lbs and that a bad weight cut (he said it was his first cut in close to nine years) likely contributed the absence of his usual explosiveness.

Silva Cruises Through Irvin in Las Vegas


Anderson Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Moving up to the light heavyweight division proved to be no problem at all for pound-for-pound phenom and current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, as he made quick work of hard-hitting striker James Irvin in the main event of UFC Fight Night 14, which was organized promptly to counter Affliction Entertainment’s debut show happening just one state over.

What was expected to be somewhat of a test for Silva, who has completely cleaned out the UFC’s 185 lb division of viable contenders, proved to be nothing at all. After exchanging kicks with Silva early, Irvin attempted to go inside with a high kick. Unfortunately for him, it was caught, allowing Silva to come right down the pipe with a straight right hand. Irvin was sent crashing to the canvas. Silva pounced on him, landing unanswered punch after punch until the final one finished Irvin off for good.

After the fight, Silva, who originally expressed uncertainty when questioned if he would like to remain at light heavyweight, stated that he’d be willing to do whatever Dana White and the UFC asked of him. It’s the exact way of thinking that landed him an impressive win over Irvin.

“It doesn’t matter where I have to fight, at middleweight or light heavyweight, I’ll do whatever the UFC wants me to do,” Silva said. “I want to help setup the biggest fights I can and I want to be a part of them. I’m here to challenge myself and test my skills against the best fighters in the world.”

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UFC Silva vs. Irvin Live Results

We will be going live at 7:00 PM ET with live results of tonight’s UFC: Silva vs. Irvin event, (also known as UFC Fight Night 14) which will take place this evening at the Pearl Theatre inside the Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The show’s main event features reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva moving up to the light heavyweight division to take on fellow heavy-hitter James Irvin. Additional main card bouts include heavyweight convert Brandon Vera against Reese Andy in his debut at 205 lbs and a lightweight clash between former title challenger Hermes Franca and standout wrestler Frankie Edgar.

Be sure to leave comments throughout the night. Details live results are after the jump.

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UFC Fight Night 14 Weigh-In Results


Anderson Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official-weigh in results for tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night 14, (also being billed as UFC: Silva vs. Irvin) which will take place at The Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, are below. All fighters made weight with the exception of headliner James Irvin, who weighed one and a half pounds over the light heavyweight limit at 207.5 lbs. However Irvin lost the extra weight and the bout is now official.

Irvin will fight in the main event against reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who will be moving up to light heavyweight for the first time in his career. Additional featured fights pit heavyweight convert Brandon Vera against Reese Andy in his debut at 205 lbs and a lightweight clash between former title challenger Hermes Franca and standout wrestler Frankie Edgar.

Main Card:

Anderson Silva (206 lbs) vs. James Irvin (206 lbs)
Brandon Vera (204 lbs) vs. Reese Andy (206 lbs)
Frankie Edgar (155 lbs) vs. Hermes Franca (155 lbs)
Jake O’Brien (236 lbs) vs. Cain Velasquez (236 lbs)
Anthony Johnson (170 lbs) vs. Kevin Burns (171 lbs)
Jesse Taylor (184 lbs) vs. C.B. Dollaway (186 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Tim Credeur (185 lbs) vs. Cale Yarbrough (186 lbs)
Rory Markham (170 lbs) vs. Brodie Farber (171 lbs)
Brad Blackburn (170 lbs) vs. James Giboo (170 lbs)
Nate Loughran (183 lbs) vs. Johnny Rees (183 lbs)
Dale Hartt (156 lbs) vs. Shannon Gugerty (156 lbs)

Vera, Andy Talk UFC Fight Night 14

Former UFC heavyweight title contender Brandon Vera and IFL veteran Reese Andy discusses their upcoming bout this Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 14 in Las Vegas in the above video courtesy of ESPN. The interviews focus around Andy’s wrestling ability, which made him a three-time All-American in college, and how Vera plans to offset his attack. Vera also touches on the chance of him losing three consecutive fights in the UFC and a potential drop to 185 lbs in the future.

Silva-Irvin to Headline July “Fight Night”

It seems that the Ultimate Fighting Championship will be going ahead with their rumored July 19th event in Las Vegas after all, a move that will put the world’s top organization in the spotlight on the same night that Affliction Clothing’s puts on their event in California.

The news comes from Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports, who has confirmed with Dana White that the event will take place at The Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and would be televised live on Spike TV.

Even more interesting is the show’s main event, which will feature reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva moving up to light heavyweight for the first time in his career to battle fellow heavy-hitter James Irvin in a sure-fire slugfest on the feet.

According to Meltzer, the fight against Irvin will serve as a “test-run” for Silva to see how he would fare in a higher weight class. The current plan involves Silva defending his middleweight belt later this year, most likely against top contender Yushin Okami, but could eventually lead to a showdown against Chuck Liddell in the near future.

A lightweight bout between Hermes Franca and Frankie Edgar has also been moved from the promotion’s August “Seek and Destroy” event to this one, which will now be deemed “UFC Fight Night 14” according to our friends at MMA Junkie, who are also reporting that Jake O’Brien, who has re-signed with the company, will take on Cain Velasquez and a welterweight bout between Anthony Johnson and Kevin Burns, which we broke news of yesterday, has also been moved to this card as well.

Brandon Vera, who was tentatively slated to take on former PRIDE champ Wanderlei Silva until Silva turned down the fight, will now take on IFL veteran Reese Andy in his debut at light heavyweight according to Sherdog.com. All five of the aforementioned bouts will likely make up the televised portion of the card.

Report: UFC Planning to Spoil Affliction Debut? (Updated)


Wanderlei Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Update 7:30 PM ET: Dave Meltzer is reporting in his latest column for Yahoo! Sports that the rumored event the UFC was planning for next month on Spike TV was never made official by the promotion or the cable channel and was only discussed as a possibility. Although a potential show hasn’t been ruled out yet, Wanderlei Silva, who was reportedly offered a main event slot against Brandon Vera, has rejected the offer, citing a lack of preparation time as reasoning behind not taking the fight.

On the same night that Affliction Clothing’s will put on their first mixed martial arts event in the form of their “Banned” show on July 19th in California, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is reportedly planning on spoiling their party by putting on a live event on Spike TV.

The news comes from a report by Sherdog.com, which has learned from “multiple industry sources” that the UFC is currently working on holding an impromptu event in Las Vegas.

The show’s main event would likely feature Brandon Vera dropping down to light heavyweight for the first time in his career to take on former longtime PRIDE middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva, who is coming off of a stunning first-round knockout of fellow title contender Keith Jardine. In addition, MMA Mania is reporting that heavyweight prospect Cain Velasquez has been approached to be part of the card.

However this afternoon, Dave Meltzer reports that both UFC and Spike TV officials are completely denying the report, stating that no such event is in the works.

While a free event on Spike the same night and time that Affliction’s show goes on would definitely hurt the popular California-based clothing company in terms of interest and pay-per-view buys, putting together an event in just five weeks would be extremely tedious for the UFC and it’s fighters, especially these days where most of the talent has several months in between fights.

Stay tuned for more information on this growing rumor.

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