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Brandon Vera made his UFC return after being utterly dominated by Thiago Silva against former Ultimate Fighter contestant Eliot Marshall. Vera at one point in his career was considered the "next big thing" in the sport because of his kickboxing and grappling skills. Unfortunately, after a contract dispute with Zuffa that kept him sidelined, he was never able to recapture the skills he once displayed.
The first round of the fight was pretty boring with neither fighter really committing to their strikes or takedown attempts with Vera comfortable to play the clinch game against the cage. Due to the octagon control, it was a round for "the Truth" but he really won the round by control.
The second round was more from Vera who started to open up with his strikes and kicks but didn't really feel comfortable throwing his hands. Marshall was unable to get the fight to the ground on a takedown attempt and instead was put on his back in front of Vera's corner. Again, a clear round for Vera.
The final round saw Marshal almost finish Vera after left hook rocked Brandon and a knee/uppercut combo dropped him. He pressed on looking for the finish and eventually got the fight to the ground. He came close to ending the fight with both a rear naked choke and arm bar but there just wasn't enough time.
Vera survived and won the fight with a 29-28 unanimous decision. Though he walked away victorious this was a poor performance from Brandon Vera whose best days are obviously behind him. It's a terrible thing to watch a fighter fight without confidence and he's doing that right now.