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Brandon Vera cut by UFC after losing at UFC 125 in Las Vegas

The Canadian Press

1/6/2011 9:51:43 PM

LAS VEGAS -- Brandon (The Truth) Vera, who once talked of winning titles in two weight classes, has been cut by the UFC in the wake of his lopsided UFC 125 loss to light-heavyweight Thiago Silva.

The Canadian Press confirmed that Vera, veteran middleweight Phil (The New York Bad Ass) Baroni and lightweights Marcus (The Irish Hand Grenade) Davis and Antonio McKee were released following losses last Saturday in Las Vegas.

Vera (11-6) won his first four fights in the UFC as a heavyweight but then lost to former champion Tim Sylvia and Fabricio Werdum, prompting a move down to light-heavyweight.

The 33-year-old won three of his first four at 205 pounds before losing to Randy (The Natural) Couture, Jon (Bones) Jones and Silva.

The loss to Couture, in the main event of UFC 105, was a close one. But he was stopped in the first round by Jones last March, requiring facial surgery after being smashed by an elbow, and had his nose rearranged by Silva.

He exits with a 7-6 UFC record.

Baroni (13-13) went 0-2 in his second go-round with the UFC, knocked out by Brad Tavares at UFC 125 and losing a unanimous decision to Amir Sadollah at UFC 106. The 34-year-old was 3-5 in his earlier stint in the organization.

Davis, in his lightweight debut, was knocked out by Jeremy (Lil' Heathen) Stephens in the third round at UFC 125.

One judge had Davis ahead two rounds to none at the time, while the other two had it one round apiece.

The devastating finish earned Stephens $60,000 for KO of the night.

The 37-year-old Davis (22-9) won eight of his first nine UFC fights but has now lost four of his last five.

McKee (25-4-2) made his UFC debut at 40 last weekend, losing to Jacob Volkmann in a lacklustre performance.