“Oh that’s just a small dent, we can totally buff that out.”
The results of Thiago Silva’s post-fight urine screens still haven’t been released, and much like with an STD test, no news is not necessarily good news. When the doctor says “we need to run some more tests,” and takes much longer than normal to get back to you, that’s an ominous sign. But that doesn’t mean his piss hasn’t caused plenty of news for others. Like ripples in a toilet pond, there’s been some pretty far-reaching effects.
The UFC decided pretty quickly to get on with its life without Thiago, and first it was rumored that Rashad Evans would replace him against Rampage in a #1 contender bout. But when Rashad made it clear that he would never fight current title challenger Jon Jones, the UFC said “well fuck you then,” substituted Matt Hamill, and put Rashad back on the bench. This left Hamill’s original opponent Phil Davis without a date, so they set him up with Jason Brilz, the guy who unofficially beat Little Nog at UFC 114. Speaking of Lil Nog, then his opponent Tito Ortiz’s head split open under its own weight, and Davis was promoted to replace Tito. So now Brilz needed a new partner, and was given Vladimir Matyushenko. Clear as mud? It’s like trying to follow who’s fucking who in Hollywood, ain’t it?
So what’s all this got to do with Brandon Vera? Well what should have been the most obvious side-effect of Silva pissing hot is also the one that was forgotten until now. That is, what does that do to his win over Vera? It means it doesn’t count. And it also means Vera gets to keep his job.
That’s right, if Silva does test positive, that means the win will be overturned and officially declared a “no contest” by the athletic commission. And since UFC contracts only allow the promotion to cut a fighter after a loss, they would be obligated to give Vera another shot, despite his two previous losses in a row.
Nothing is definite at this point, and won’t be for a few weeks yet. The NSAC is sending Thiago’s lemonade to a lab in Salt Lake City, and won’t get it back until sometime in March. Meanwhile, the UFC has cancelled Vera’s death warrant and put him back on the roster… pending the results, of course. So if Silva comes out clean in the end, don’t be surprised if they toss Vera back out with the trash.