Brandon Vera, who will debut at light heavyweight against Reese Andy at UFC Fight Night 14, recently sat down with the Baltimore Sun to discuss a variety of issues including; his upcoming opponent, other potential opponents, his thoughts on Griffin-Jackson and Brock Lesnar. Below are some of the highlights of that interview.
Brandon Vera On Other Fighters He Was Offered For UFN 14:
“They offered me Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Lyoto Machida and then Reese Andy. I turned down Machida. He’s not someone you take on short notice. You gotta get ready for Machida. The other fighters turned down the other fights so that’s how we came to Reese. He’s a three-time All-American wrestler. He’s tough and likes to take people to the ground and pound them. He’s competed in Abu Dhabi a couple times so his grappling level is pretty good. And he’s always in shape.”
Vera On The Griffin-Jackson Decision:
“Honestly, I didn’t know who won the fight. I thought it was a coin toss. It was so close and I was very disappointed in the judges’ unanimous decision, I thought that was [expletive deleted]. I didn’t think Forrest won that [by that] wide [a margin] but I was cool with either fighter winning. It was a great fight. For them to say it was that one-sided and unanimous, I thought that was [expletive deleted].”
Vera On Brock Lesnar:
“He’s cool. I’m kinda disappointed he’s in the big league so far but I’d like to see him in the second round. He didn’t pay his dues and earn his way into the UFC — he got in because his name is Brock Lesnar. I can’t hate on the guy, I don’t hate him, I’m happy for him. He’s doing his thing and making money. He’s in the UFC but I don’t like the situation, how he got in.”