Fresh off the heels of us talking about Brandon Vera (8-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) getting a contract extension the undfeated mixed martial artist got a contract to stay with the UFC. Here’s the announcement from The Fight Network:
“Heavyweight contender Brandon Vera has signed an extension with the Ultimate Fighting Championship with plans to complete the remaining fight on his existing contract with the Las Vegas-based organization as soon as he is able to.
Veraâ€™s existing contract slated his last fight take place in May, but the fighter was granted the extension by Zuffa LLC., owners of the UFC, to work out legal issues with his current management. Vera, 29, plans to renew his contract with the UFC afterwards.”
How I read this a contract hasn’t been signed but one is in place as soon as he completes his current contract which has one fight remaining. This release constraints from who Vera will fight now that he will be in the UFC long term. He was originally slated to face Tim Sylvia for the heavyweight title at UFC 68 but with just one fight remaining the UFC didn’t want to risk having their Heavyweight Champion leave the organization. Here’s what Vera had to say about staying in the UFC:
â€œI want to stay with the UFC. They have some of the best fighters in the world. Itâ€™s an amazing stable of fighters and the whoâ€™s who of the MMA world. â€˜Cro Copâ€™ [Mirko Filipovic] is a big factor for me wanting to stay. Heâ€™s the number-two guy in the world.â€?
Vera indicated that he has a fight already planned to wrap up his current contract although his opponent is currently unknown.
(via The Evilmaster Report)