Finally! After months of speculation it looks like Brandon “The Truth” Vera has finally solved his managerial issues and he is ready to return to the UFC octagon. Today the UFC released a statement regarding Vera:
The Truth hurts. Just ask those who have ever stepped into the Octagon™ with rising heavyweight star Brandon “The Truth” Vera, who, after a prolonged absence due to managerial issues, will finally return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization to put his perfect record on the line as he resumes his chase for the World Heavyweight Championship. Dana White, UFC President, who was pleased to make the announcement of Vera’s return today, expects the Californian to be back in action as soon as October of this year.
“Brandon Vera is a young, well-rounded, exciting heavyweight who finishes fights in exciting fashion,” said Dana White, UFC President. “I think he brings a lot to the heavyweight mix, and I see him in a position to fight for the heavyweight title in 2008.”
Brandon Vera (8-0) currently sports a UFC record of 4-0 with decisive victories over the likes of Justin Eilers, Frank Mir, Fabiano Scherner, and Assuerio Silva. Vera was in line for a shot at Tim Sylvia’s heavyweight title at UFC 68: Uprising but it all fell through when his manager ran into problems negotiating with the UFC. Finally it has all been solved and Vera is ready to make a return for the heavyweight strap.
“I’m so excited to be back in the UFC, I have no words to describe the feeling,” said Vera.
“I realize the UFC heavyweight division is much stronger now, but I like having more challenges, and that just gives me more motivation to train,” said Vera. “I feel that when I’m on top of my game, nobody can beat me. I have a plan to become the heavyweight champion, so I’m going to stick to the plan that my management team NCFC and both of my coaches set and win the titles. I want to prove I’m the best for my family, my friends and most of all my fans.”
Vera is right, the UFC heavyweight division is much stronger now. Vera is walking into a division that is now home to the likes of Randy Couture, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Gabriel Gonzaga, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Fabricio Werdum, Tim Sylvia, Andrei Arlovski, Heath Herring, and Cheick Kongo. The UFC is now home to 7 of the 10 heavyweights in the world and it’s common knowledge that Dana White and the UFC are working to sign PRIDE heavyweight ace Fedor Emelianenko.
A while back we ran a poll and asked the question “Who would you like to see Brandon Vera fight next?” (310 votes)
Chuck Liddell: 25%
Mirko Cro Cop: 23%
Andrei Arlovski: 17%
Tim Sylvia: 17%
Gabriel Gonzaga: 8%
Randy Couture: 8%
Heath Herring: 2%
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