Vera and Sylvia to Finally Meet at UFC 77

The UFC has officially announced that former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia will be taking on the returning Brandon Vera at UFC 77: Hostile Territory.

Also on the UFC 77 card will be a heavyweight matchup between former UFC Champion Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia and unbeaten Brandon “The Truth” Vera.  This fight will mark the first fight for Vera since a contract dispute with former management sidelined him for almost a year.  The dynamic Vera (8-0) is excited to get back in the Octagon, and he expects to pick up where he left off last year by defeating Sylvia and every opponent afterward until he becomes the UFC heavyweight champion.  The 6 foot 8 Sylvia (25-3), only the second man in UFC history to win the heavyweight title twice, would like to eventually join the man he lost the crown to in March, Randy Couture, as the only fighters in history to win the title three times.  A win over Vera will push him firmly in that positive direction.

The fight will be Sylvia’s first since losing the title to Randy Couture at UFC 68. He has been sidelined since March after undergoing back surgery and coming down with a staph infection earlier this month.

Vera will be returning to the Octagon for the first time in over 9 months after settling a contract dispute with his former manager. Vera was actually originally scheduled to challenge Sylvia for his title at UFC 68 before outside issues forced Vera to pull out of the bout.

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