(Kerry’s muay thai fight in Thailand for the Oxygen network’s "Fight Girls" show. Check out Brandon being all supportive. Awww.)
As we told you earlier, Kerry Vera, the wife of UFC fighter Brandon Vera, is making her MMA debut at tonight’s Bellator event. We decided to find out if this is just some Kim Couture situation or if Vera is really serious about kicking ass and possibly even taking names. Here’s how the conversation went.
This is your first MMA fight, but you’ve done some kickboxing in the past. What made you decide to do MMA now?
I just wanted to do something more. I figured, I’m probably not going to be fighting for too much longer so I wanted to try MMA and see what would happen. It’s fun. It’s a whole new challenge for me.
What do you know about your opponent? I hear she’s undefeated.
I don’t know much. I know she’s from Colorado (laughs). That, and she’s had a few MMA fights. That’s all I really know.
How did you get into fighting in the first place?
I started taekwondo when I was six. I was kind of a tomboy growing up. My parents had me in ballet and I hated it. I kept wanting to do karate from watching Bruce Lee movies and “The Karate Kid” and all that. They finally let me, and later on I got into boxing, then kickboxing, and now MMA.
Are you at all concerned that people are going to think you’re only getting on this card because you’re Brandon Vera’s wife?
I don’t care what other people think. I’m doing this because I love fighting and I have fun doing it. It doesn’t matter to me what anyone thinks of it. If that is the reason I’m on there, sorry. It’s not my fault. But I’m going to go in there and put on a good fight anyways.
What’s it like living in a house with two pro fighters?
I don’t know what it’s like living in a house without two fighters. We wake up, make breakfast, drink coffee, play with our dogs, we go train, then we come home and rest, maybe go train again and play with our dogs some more. It’s a nice life, really.
Have you guys found a way to distance yourself from it and leave it at the gym, or do you bring it home with you?
When we’re at home we don’t really talk about fighting. If there’s a concern we have we’ll address it, but we don’t dwell on it. We go train and then we come home.
So you don’t settle household disputes with leg kicks or anything?
(Laughs) No. Not so far.