Brandon Vera Discusses The Difficulties Of Being A Victim Of A Violent Crime And The Harm It Did To His Focus On MMA
“I remember after that fight, going in to train would suck. I’d be looking at the clock, waiting to leave. Sometimes I didn’t want to go two or three-a-days. I’d be arguing with my coaches or slacking off. I honestly think that it had to do with that home invasion. After that, I don’t think MMA was number one in my life anymore. After that home invasion, I was like, hey, I could have been dead today, and there’s still so much I want to do. There’s so much I want to experience, so much I want to do with my wife. MMA just wasn’t the number one priority in my life anymore. Without me knowing, my life rearranged itself. They were professionals. It was this feeling that I’d been caught out there, no weapon in my hand, no dogs, no gun. I just got caught slipping. People keep asking me what it is [that caused my lack of desire] But if you’ve never lost it, there’s no way I can explain what it is.
“(After being dismissed from the UFC working the seminar tour) Watching an 11-year-old kid take an adult seminar and do better than the adults because he was so serious and so hungry to learn, it made me happy again. It brought me back to that place. It’s not a new chapter; it’s a whole new book,” said Vera. “The path I was on before, I don’t know where I was going or where I got lost. Somewhere I made a left when I should have made a right. I don’t know, but I lost it, and now I’ve found it. I’m supposed to win this fight [at UFC 137 against Elliot Marshall] I’m supposed to go in here and hurt Eliot bad. It’s different. It’s not added pressure, it’s just that this is what I was supposed to be doing the whole time. It feels weird. I don’t feel nervous anymore. I just feel like I’m supposed to go in here and whoop his ass.”