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Dana White Bashes Brandon Vera Again, Praises Nearly Everybody Else

(Mo’ money, mo’ unfulfilled expectations.)

You can’t say Dana White didn’t warn Brandon Vera. His comments before UFC 89 suggested that it was time for “The Truth” to justify his high price tag. He didn’t, and so White is turning up the heat on him with remarks like these:

“I’m not seeing what I expected from Brandon Vera. It’s like he’s lost something. He doesn’t have that killer instinct since he took that year off. He doesn’t go after people. He used to be so cocky. He wanted to fight everybody.

“We tried to get him on one of the seasons of The Ultimate Fighter and he turned that down and said he wanted to fight Chuck Liddell and that he would knock him out. I hear that seven days a week so I told him to go on TUF and we’d find out how good he was.

“He was good. He used to walk through heavyweights earlier in his career. But he took a year off and we had all the issues with his contract and he hasn’t been the same since. I don’t know what’s wrong with him.”

It’s not exactly shocking to hear Dana White go after a guy who held him over the coals in contract negotiations and has since failed to live up to expectations. In a way, it seems justified. The UFC agreed to his six-figure demands based on his past performances and what they saw as his future potential. Lately he’s looked like a bad investment.

But being badmouthed in public by your boss, both before and after the fight, that’s got to sting. Especially when he goes on to compare you unfavorably to other guys who lost on the same night:

“If you look at Sam Stout – although he lost, he looked great. He came out and fought hard and you always know what to expect from him.

“And Paul Taylor’s one of those guys who goes for it the whole fight. He was trying to take Chris out even in the last 20 seconds. He’s a great kid and a tough guy and we love having him in the UFC.”

Seems like the message to Brandon Vera is: if you’re going to lose, can’t you at least lose like these other guys? It’s kind of like when your parents ask why you can’t be more like your older brother who may be in prison, but at least he got his GED and is studying to be a tattoo artist. That bastard. Thinks he’s so great.

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Renzo for President- October 20, 2008 at 5:06 pm
Vera is a complete DOUCHE! He seems to have Phill Baroni syndrome were he always talks about how great he is even though he is on the losing end.

I wish his cage skills are as great as his mouth.
teee- October 20, 2008 at 8:38 am
im from the philippines where they want to promote Vera.and in our country heart not the skills comes first.and im sure a lot of filipinos would not buy vera headlining over here..might as well bring chuck lidell...or least they come to fight..what the UFC got from Vera is KARMA...they kicked out Dion...and Vera went along with they both deserve each other haha..dana needs to put it plainly--ITS called BAD INVESTMENT
FRANK- October 20, 2008 at 7:03 am


Anonymous- October 20, 2008 at 6:09 am
Sunny lets do the math..Jardines flurries + your face = you getting knocked out so pipe down.
PunchDrunkShamrock- October 20, 2008 at 6:09 am
Sunny lets do the math..Jardines flurries + your face = you getting knocked out so pipe down.
Sunny- October 19, 2008 at 11:52 pm
What the fuck is it with jardines punching? I cant fucken stand when he throws those gay flurries! He looks like Carlton doing his fresh prince dance on meth!
Dude- October 19, 2008 at 10:13 pm
Maybe Vera's trainer/coach would of done a better job.
KG- October 19, 2008 at 9:28 pm
Guaranteed that Brandon "The Goof" Vera is on a Fight Night or UFC undercard for his next fight. Hes done.
Imbecile- October 19, 2008 at 9:24 pm
BTW, did anyone else notice that Keith Jardine was being sponsored by Brandon Vera's former manager, Mark Dion. On the back of Keith Jardine's shorts it said "" advertising the gym operated by Mark Dion in San Diego, which is Vera's former gym.

Remember, Dion is the douche responsible for Vera's year-long hiatus and losing out on a HW title shot (also the same douche that is responsible for sinking KJ Noons' career with EliteXC, though I'm sure Jared Shaw is partly responsible in some way.) So Dion was advertising on the back of Jardine's shorts.

I don't really have a point... just thought it was funny, and wanted to know if anyone else noticed it.
joseph- October 19, 2008 at 8:24 pm
here is the math. he is getting paid 5X more than him in this fight.

jardine 10K to fight, 10K to win = 20K
vera, 100K to fight, 100K to win = 100K

vera made 5x as much as jardine for the fight.
Aaron- October 19, 2008 at 7:55 pm
DW is right on point here. He needs to go further in his explaination. Records are great and all, but the UFC wants exciting fights. There are a number of fighters who have at one time or another given that "fight not to lose" performance. Off the top of my head, Tim Silvia, Forrest Griffin, and Andre Arlovsky have all given us this type of performance at least one time. Lyota Machida and Bisping have the "elusive" or "counter punch" style too. The UFC rewards the exciting fighters. The Lidel v. Taylor fight was awesome. Or how about Clay Guida Vs. Huerta, or Leonard Garcia v. Huerta? Those wern't losers in those fights. Nothing is worse for the fans than to have a fighter like Vera unbloodied with plenty of gas left in the tank mentally lose a fight by lack of aggression.
yo yo yo- October 19, 2008 at 7:34 pm
Brandon fought like his last 2 fights....He fought not to lose...NOT to win. If that makes any sense, he plainly was so damn scared to let his hands go, he rather let the judges decide his fate.
Derly- October 19, 2008 at 6:55 pm
I'm with Juan Blanco. Pull the "Bushido" move and give fighters yellow cards for inactivity. I read somewhere that each one of those cards also represented a pay cut. I'm not saying do this for every fight, but I'm sure the UFC knows when it needs to be done.

Some fighters of course are submission artists and probably wouldn't be fighting on those nights, but other times when you got Machida vs Griffin it's time to start pulling out the yellow cards.
fightfan- October 19, 2008 at 6:51 pm
I agree with just about all the comments.

I definitely agree with the post about no one getting on Jardine's case. He was lucky to get the W. That was a piss poor performance BY BOTH fighters. What would people be saying if Cecil P. was a judge If Vera would of got the nod????
Kelvin Hunt- October 19, 2008 at 6:46 pm
Just FYI, Jardine makes more than 10K per fight, he is no longer on his TUF contract according to an interview done just before UFC 89.
homer- October 19, 2008 at 6:43 pm
mmmmmmmmm....... double stuff
Juan Blanco- October 19, 2008 at 6:28 pm
kazanski- October 19, 2008 at 5:57 pm
I hope Jardine makes $10 a fight. He sucks he is just as much to blame for that lame fight as brandon vera. The fight sucked, neither did anything we are all lucky it was free. They are both overpaid neither displayed any special talent or skill. And neither is aggresive. It appears that the machida factor is changing everyones gameplans. They are all trying to outpoint the other person come out uninjured and leave it to the judges. If this continues then it looks like the UFC is going to be as exciting as the Oreo Double Stuff League.
GreaseMonkey74- October 19, 2008 at 5:52 pm
I can't believe that Vera was talking about tellin Dana White he wanted a raise. I believe Dana should talk to Vera about the raise & get an amount,then give that raise to the Dean of Mean instead. That would be even a better slap in the face for Vera.
shitwhistle- October 19, 2008 at 5:41 pm
Much of Vera's past success lies in the clinch. He made little to no effort to go there in that fight.
shitwhistle- October 19, 2008 at 5:41 pm
Vera's past success lies in the clinch. He made little to no effort to go there in that fight.
VEe!- October 19, 2008 at 5:32 pm
Vera simply fails to impress, especially considering all the talk.
Dana is spot on.
Doph- October 19, 2008 at 5:27 pm
I thought 100,000 x 5 = 5, because 100,000 has a one in it...
Jugger- October 19, 2008 at 5:21 pm
I refuse to feel sorry for Vera. And neither should you. He's got his money and the UFC has what appears to be a very lukewarm, mediocre LHW with no PPV pull.
mayhem420- October 19, 2008 at 5:18 pm
I said it before and will keep saying it....
Vera and Soko are way overhyped... I have not seen anything out of either fighter that gets me excited that they are fighting. Maybe they should fight each other in a loser leaves town type of deal.