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Brandon Vera Actually Cares About “Shogun” Rua Fight, Says Jon Jones Isn’t “Some Young Punk” Anymore…wait, WHAT?!

And yet he STILL hasn’t learned that only tools wear Affliction…

We’re just a few days away from UFC on FOX 4, which will be headlined by arguably the most confusing contender fight in modern UFC history. While most fans can kind of justify Shogun earning a title shot with a victory given his track record (especially if Hendo manages to put away Jones at UFC 151), Brandon Vera remains a gigantic question mark. With his most notable victory being a TKO over heavyweight Frank Mir back in 2006, it’s hardly a surprise that most fans and pundits are completely unable to make sense of this bout even headlining the card, yet alone being for a title shot.

If Brandon Vera attempted to justify all of this through his appearance on “Inside MMA,” he ended up just raising even more questions. Case in point: Vera talked about his training camp leading up to his bout with “Shogun” Rua. Aside from bringing back his Muay Thai coaches and sparring with Alexander Gustafsson, Vera commented that he was ”doing the things he should have been doing since day one.” Specifically, he’s actually caring now about his career. As he told the “Inside MMA” crew:

“I should have been caring, man. I should’ve understood that I fight in the UFC, where the greatest fighters from around the world congregate to compete for the number one spot. And I didn’t treat it like that for a long time. I didn’t treat it like that at all. So, I understand where I’m at now. I understand.”

Is it just me, or is this a Karo “Too Talented to Train” Parisyan level cop-out? Are we really to believe that “The Truth” was just coasting his way to an 8-5 (1) record against the toughest competition in our sport? Before you answer that, though:

“After a while, I probably stated that people should just lose because my name was Brandon Vera. My name was ‘The Truth.’ You lose because of who I was, not because of what I was doing or putting into the sport. Not what I was putting into the bank, how hard I was training or the hours I was putting in.”

On second thought, THAT is a Karo “Too Talented to Train” Parisyan level cop-out. Seriously, that’d make Tim Sylvia roll his eyes, and he tried to pull the “Do you know who I am?” card after getting his ass kicked by Abe Wagner.

What’s especially confusing about this is that a victory over Brandon Vera hasn’t meant anything in nearly six years. Since 2007, Vera has gone 4-5 (1) and has been saved twice from the chopping block by dropping a weight class and by an opponent’s positive steroid test. For him to have been pulling the “Do you know who I am” schtick the entire time is unbelievably pathetic. We’re talking Scott Hall in Fall River pathetic.

Besides, we’ve heard this hype from him before, and we’ve seen just how badly it ended. To be fair to Vera, that will happen when you’re in the cage with Jon Jones. That will also happen when you’re convinced that “Bones” is “just some young punk.” Via MMAWeekly:

The very first time I fought Jon Jones, I thought he was just some young punk and I didn’t respect him at all. I got what I deserved. If and when I do get a chance to fight Mr. Jones again, I promise he’ll have my full and undivided attention.

Oh for God’s sake. You’re in the UFC. Every opponent should have your full and undivided attention. And not that I’m calling Vera a liar, but it’s easier to claim that you didn’t care after a loss than it is to just admit that your opponent was just that much better than you (especially if you’re fighting for a rematch with said opponent). But I digress.

So now that you’ve been told that the unspectacular “Truth” you’ve been watching was simply buying his own hype, do you believe it? Does Vera come out looking better than ever against Rua, or does he get crushed, only to make new excuses? Let us know what you think.


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Crow42- August 1, 2012 at 10:48 am
Vera either personally sucked off dana , or Dana just does not care anymore
Mr_Misanthropy- August 1, 2012 at 12:24 am
Maybe he can change his name to Brandon "The Aloe" Vera because of how soothing his fighting style has become.
KidDinomite- July 31, 2012 at 6:41 pm
Machida vs. Bader would have been a better Main Event.
MMAExpertNewb- July 31, 2012 at 6:01 pm
Come on guys. What is Vera supposed to say? "Sorry everyone you are right. I'm nowhere near good enough to beat this guy". If he says anything at all other than "I'm going to lose" you're going to call him a liar. If he says "I'm going to lose" you'll call him a coward. If he doesn't say anything Dana smashes his face for not promoting the biggest fight of his career and a FOX card. I know you'd run out of articles to right if you actually looked at things from the point of view of the person you're trashing but still...
MMAExpertNewb- July 31, 2012 at 6:01 pm
*write (obviously)
mcdolph- July 31, 2012 at 2:57 pm
How does Vera keep managing to find journalists willing to interview him?
smellypiratehooker- July 31, 2012 at 2:50 pm
How Dana thought it was wise to offer Munoz a title shot at middleweight if he won but not Weidman, with the murderous performance he put on. Then, to say that if Vera won convincingly he would get the title shot at light heavy is some twilight zone shit.
Pen Fifteen- July 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm
People talk about 'the old Brandon Vera' the way they used to talk about 'the old Vitor Belfort.' While I'm not saying it's probable, it still remains possible. Look at Vera's losses: wall and stalled by Tim Sylvia while he had a broken hand, a very dubious referree stoppage against Werdum, out-herky-jerked by a prime Jardine, screwed in a decision against Couture, and smashed by a champ many are calling #1 p4p. I know the guy has made enough excuses that none of us need to do it for him, but I don't see any especially shameful losses on his ledger. Who's to say he couldn't replicate The Phenom's late-career resurgence? All it takes is a couple big wins.
mcw89138- July 31, 2012 at 1:53 pm
Shogun/Vera winner no longer getting a title shot: