Brandon Vera will have more invested in this weekend’s UFC on Fuel TV 2 main event between Alexander Gustafsson and Thiago Silva than usual for a fight that he’s not in.
Vera was beaten soundly by Silva in January of last year at UFC 125 and was handed his pink slip from the UFC as a result. As this all began to sink in, it was revealed that Silva had actually faked his UFC 125 urine test to hide his usage of banned substances prior to the fight. Silva was suspended and Vera was given his job back. A grudge was born.
The two were supposed to meet in a rematch this May, but Vera couldn’t follow through on the bout after suffering an injury. The way things shook out, Silva was matched up against Gustafsson, who happens to be one Vera’s Alliance MMA teammates under Lloyd Irvin.
Speaking with MMAInterviews’ Spencer Lazara, Vera explained why he sees the Swede defeating the Brazilian this Saturday.
“Alex’s gonna knock that motherfu**er out,” Vera stated. “With an uppercut, right uppercut. Maybe two in a row. *Boop* *Boop* And one on the ground for good measure, for being a piece of sh**.”
Asked if Silva, a BJJ black belt, would be confident enough to stand up with the surging Gustafsson, who’s won his last four with varying stoppages, Vera responded with a laugh.
“No,” he said, smiling. “He might. Thiago thinks he’s crazy, thinks he’s good on stand up. But, he’ll find out in the first minute, two minutes, yeah. He’ll find out. Yeah, [Alex is] a maniac, dude. His cardio is good for — he’s like Dominick (Cruz). He just doesn’t stop moving, you know? I think he finally gets tired on the sixth or seventh round. Five is the max in the UFC, son. So, he’s ready for five rounds, bro, hardcore. He’s hard to take down. We’ve been working on all the trips, all the ish. It’s gonna be a good one, man. It’s gonna be a really good one. I’m gonna bet on Alex in that one, too.”
Tune in to UFC on Fuel TV 2, which goes down at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, this Saturday to find out if Vera’s prediction comes true. If you can’t catch the fight, check out FightLine’s live and ongoing coverage of the event.