source | MMAFighting.com
“It wasn’t handled the way it should be,” said Vera, who had been with the organization for nine years. “I was a loyal employee, never did anything incorrectly. Never beat up my wife. Never had a DUI. The respect wasn’t there.”
Vera (12-7, 1 NC) said he reinjured his broken hand in a loss to Ben Rothwell at UFC 164 in August 2013. He didn’t rush and wanted to make sure it healed correctly before taking another fight. In the spring, he had discussions with the UFC about extending his contract and he turned down the offer.
According to Vera, UFC president Dana White then phoned him to see if they could work out a deal.
“Let’s talk about this,” Vera said White told him. “Let’s fix this. I’d really like to have you finish out your career here. I said, ‘OK.’ He said, ‘I’ll call you back when I get back from China.’ He never called me back.”