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Thiago Silva vs. Brandon Vera Rematch Booked for UFC on FX 3

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Thiago Silva and Brandon Vera will look to settle a previous no contest when the two light heavyweights meet for a rematch at UFC on FX 3 on May 15 in Fairfax, Va., the UFC announced late Wednesday.

At UFC 125 in January 2011, Silva punished Vera for three rounds to win a unanimous decision and sent Vera to the hospital with a broken nose. However, it turned out Silva falsified his post-fight urine sample by providing urine not consistent with a human's. Silva was fined, suspended for one year and had his win changed to a no contest.

Silva admitted to giving a false sample to hide the presence of banned substances. He explained he suffered a back injury 45 days before the Vera fight and instead of withdrawing, decided to take injections in his back and spine.

Silva's drug test failure saved Vera's job. Vera was cut from the UFC after his UFC 125 loss but later rehired when the news came out that Silva falsified his urine sample.

Vera (12-5) returned to action at UFC 137 in October, outpointing Eliot Marshall to a unanimous decision. Silva (14-2) will be fighting for the first time at UFC on FX 3 since his suspension.

The last UFC at the Patriot Center in Fairfax was UFC Fight Night 20: Maynard vs. Diaz in January 2010.

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