Once heralded as the future of the UFC’s heavyweight division (he’s since dropped to light heavyweight), Brandon Vera was temporarily released from the UFC after posting his third straight loss, a one-sided unanimous decision to Thiago Silva which went down at UFC 125 in January.
Luckily for Vera, Silva was so juiced on PEDs that he had to resort to submitting inhuman urine for his pre-fight drug test; the bout was ruled a No Contest and Vera was reinstated in the UFC. Now, The Truth will attempt to salvage his career when he meets Eliot Marshall this October on the preliminary card of UFC 137. In the main event, UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre will take on former Strikeforce welterweight kingpin Nick Diaz in what will be one of the UFC’s biggest fights this year.
Speaking with ProMMANow recently, Vera broke down that main event, stating his opinion that the UFC champ is in for a harder fight that many expect.
“It’s hard to bet against GSP, but the only person I think that does have a chance to beat him is (Nick) Diaz,” Vera said. “Diaz sets a ridiculous pace, a crazy pace and he’s weird, he has a weird style and he’s excellent on the ground. GSP doesn’t like to get hit. He doesn’t like to get hit at all and he’ll take you down. But what is he gonna do with Diaz on the ground? You’re not just gonna beat Diaz up on the ground, you can’t just whoop his ass on the ground, so I’m excited to see the fight go down. If he’s an underdog, I’m putting money on him.”
UFC 137 goes down on October 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.