The UFC officially announced on Wednesday that heavyweight contender Brandon Vera will be returning to the Octagon as early as October. No opponent has been named.
Vera had been in a state of limbo following a dispute with manager Mark Dion. It is believed that Dion possibly withheld contract proposals that had been made by the UFC with the possible motive of steering him to another promotion.
Vera took his grievance to the California State Athletic Commission with the intent of legally severing all ties to Dion. His hearing was believed to have taken place in late-July. No official decision has been announced but Vera is now represented by NCFC so it is assumed that his contract with Dion is no longer valid.
At the time when word of the dispute first leaked out, Vera had been in line for a title shot against then-heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia but it’s been reported that a match was never officially made because Vera had just one fight left on his contract. It’s believed the UFC has a policy of not granting title shots to fighters who have only one fight remaining on their contract with the promotion.
The UFC’s announcement gave no indication whether Vera’s potential October fight would fall under his existing contract or if a new multi-fight agreement had been reached.