I like this fight now more than ever, Have to go with Silva ftw, but both guys looked ready at the weight ins and have it all to play for.
I dont think ether fighter gets cut if they lose, both deserve another chance considering the lack of recent activity in the division its a division they shoudl be looking to expand in not cur from and both are good tests for any up and coming new signings that maybe added to the division.
There is room for both these fighters still should the UFC be looking to expand the LHW, if one does get cut it would be another step in the wrong direction in the LHW division which has lost a little to much recently imo.
Round 1 - Referee Steve Mazzagatti in the cage for this light heavyweight bout. Silva leaps in with a left and they clinch. Vera tries to answer with knees. Not much there, and they break. Vera with a few snapping low kicks. Silva again pushes into a clinch. Vera circles off, but Silva returns he favor as he scores a takedown with a single-leg. Half-mount for Silva. Not much happening from the position. Silva only postured on spots, and Vera not really looking to sweep. Vera works his left leg into a butterfly position. Silva finally passes and goes all the way around to side control on the opposite side. Short right hands from Silva. Vera on his sad. Not much of an escape plan from Vera. Silva just smothering from the top and firing an occasional punch. Crowd wants a stand-up. Silva tries to step over to mount. Double hammerfist from Silva, and he drops back for a leg. Nothing there, but he still winds up in top position on the scramble. Bell rings, and Silva stands over his opponent gesturing. Vera gets up and in his face, but it stops there. MMAjunkie.com sees it for Silva, 10-9.
Round 2 - Silva rushes forward, but Vera is there to meet him with a flurry of punches and kicks. Silva fires back as well in a true to-to-toe slugfest. Good action in the opening seconds, but they settle into a clinch. Trip from Silva, and Vera pulls guard. Hammerfists from the top from Silva. Vera has a closed guard. Horizontal elbows from Vera. Silva presses in. He stands to pass and he eventually gets to half-mount. Two minutes left, and the action stalls. Crowd boos. Silva drives a few elbows to the thigh and then fires left hands to the face. Vera stalled on the bottom. Nothing going on. Silva holding top position. He does rattle off a few quick punches from the top, but Vera looks to have no escape plan. Bell sounds. MMAjunkie.com gives a slow one to Silva, 10-9.
Round 3 - Silva kicks to the body. Vera answers and Silva falls. Vera taunts him before he gets back up. Vera kicks high, but Silva blocks it and pushes into the clinch. Silva moves to the back and works Vera to the floor. Silva steps over with the leg for one hook. Vera on a knee. Silva delivers a few left hands to the head, but the action is very light. More left hands from Silva. Silva wraps his arms around Vera's legs and tries to pull him all the way down to the floor. Vera stays on a knee and eventually works to his feet with two minutes left. He moves immediately back down. Silva turns to slapping Vera, who is just huddled against the cage. Silva pats his back, and Vera fires up an elbow. Silva throws more punches. Vera doing absolutely nothing. Silva works for a choke and throws more punches, but this was an embarrassment. MMAjunkie.com sees the final round for Silva, 10-9, and gives him the fight, 30-27. Vera rises to reveal a badly broken nose. Thiago Silva def. Brandon Vera via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27).