Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Fil-Am Brandon “The Truth” Vera expereicnced a setback in his rising Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) career when he lost by a controversial decision against Fabricio Werdum of Brazil during the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 85: Bedlam last June 8, 2008 at the O2 Arena, London, England.

Vera, the son of a Filipino father and an Italian mother, dominated the reigning world Jiu-jitsu champion with strikes during the stand up before the fight went to the ground and Werdum secured the mounted position and started pummeling Vera with ground and pound punches. The 30 year old Vera was covering up against the punches with his forearms when the referee stepped in and stopped the fight at about 20 seconds before the end of the 1st round. Vera had Werdum early on with his strikes. Vera was shocked and the crowd booed the decision.

The Referee has the discretion to stop the fight if he sees a fighter not being able to defend himself intelligently and/or is in danger of being injured. But the video showed Vera maintaining his composure and absorbing the blows with his forearms. Vera was telling the referee he was OK but it seemed that the referee misinterpreted it. Vera wanted a rematch with the Brazilian.

Vera, who wore the Philippine national colors in his shorts, entered the arena to the sound of the Filipino-inspired song Bebot written and sung by Fil-Am Apl-d-App of Black Eye Peas. He was featured at Sports Unlimited last June 9, 2008.

In an awaited fight of the night, the young and aggressive Thiago Alves of Brazil bloodied defeated 2 times UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes of the USA . A flying knee signaled the start of the end for Hughes in the 2nd round. Hughes, who is known for submitting 3 times UFC champion Royce Gracie of Brazil , fell to 43-7. Alves improved to 21-4.

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