Brandon Vera was once a rising prospect in the UFC, boasting an 8-0 career record and coming off a TKO victory over former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir.
That was almost five years ago, and Vera’s career has taken several twists and turns since, including a recent release from the UFC that was only overturned after Thiago Silva was found to have tested positive for a banned substance.
Now, Vera gets another chance to show he deserves to remain in the UFC when he meets Eliot Marshall at UFC 137 on October 29.
Vera is just 2-3 with the no-contest to Silva since 2008, but his losses have come to Keith Jardine, UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, and current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. “The Truth,” who was stopped after a series of vicious elbows and punches by Jones in the first round, still feels he is one of a handful of fighters that can solve Jones inside the Octagon.
“You need to respect him now, not when he beats you up,” said Vera, while appearing on The MMA Hour this past week. “I had to learn that the hard way. He is that good. There are at least three or four that can beat him, Rashad (Evans), Phil Davis, myself and (Lyoto) Machida…and (Mauricio) ‘Shogun’ (Rua). I’ve never seen ‘Shogun’ lose to the same person twice…ever. He lost to Jones once; I don’t think he will lose like that again.”
Vera’s fight with Silva left a sour taste in his mouth do to the way the fight went and how Silva was found to have cheated. It also didn’t help that Silva put on a huge celebration inside the Octagon.
“I think he was just celebrating, but now that I know that he was a juice money, for sure, I think he is a piece of (expletive),” Vera said. “He is for sure just a piece of (expletive).”
UFC 137 will feature a main event pitting Nick Diaz against BJ Penn. The Vera-Marshall fight will be streamed live on Facebook.