Brandon Vera. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
“Brandon Vera, it’s like he lost something,” White commented. “That year off, I don’t know what it was. He doesn’t have that killer instinct, he doesn’t go after it. This kid used to be so cocky, and you know he wanted to fight everybody. He was good, he was walking through heavyweights. Took that year off, all the contract stuff, hasn’t been the same guy since. I don’t know what’s wrong with him.”
- UFC President Dana White comments on Brandon Vera following his third defeat in his last four fights, a lackluster decision loss to Keith Jardine at UFC 89 this past weekend, at the event’s post-fight press conference.
It’s hard to say whether or not Vera is the same fighter. Prior to his holdout with the UFC, the most talented fighter that he went up against was an overweight Frank Mir who was just returning from a two-year absence following a near career-ending motorcycle accident.
After he returned, Vera fought Tim Sylvia and Fabricio Werdum - much higher caliber opponents compared to Justin Eilers and Assuerio Silva. Could it be that Vera didn’t deserve of all the hype or is he still struggling to adjust to the 205 lb. weight class? Only time will tell it seems…
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