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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.”

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14 Comments to Brandon Vera Discusses The Difficulties Of Being A Victim Of A Violent Crime And The Harm It Did To His Focus On MMA

  1. El Charlie says:

    And you will Brandon, you will.

  2. Ever Joy says:

    Pinoy Pride!

  3. ratchola says:

    mannn!!!!!!…..the same old story…..ive heard brandon talk like this in his last 3 o 4 fights…….that he is diferent, hes hungry, etc…..just win brandon…..i like ur style…just win..dont talk…….or u will become like GSP when he says “this is mi toughest fight si far and i gonna finish it 4 sure”…lmfao….cmonnnnnnn

  4. Digs says:

    hopefully bv can put it together. he’s looked really terrible in his last 3 fights.

    but all his losses are amongst champions. (tim sylvia, werdum, jardine, couture, jones). he’ll probably pull this one out

  5. Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

    This guy was on fire before he got beat by Couture and Jon Jones.

  6. Creature says:

    I always enjoy watching Vera fight, hopefully he can somehow find his way back to the wrecking machine he used to be

  7. “This guy was on fire before he got beat by Couture and Jon Jones”lmfao.Are you serious?How long have you been watching mma?lol.

  8. GET RID OF FITCH says:

    I just wish Vera was fighting Thiago Silva again so we could watch him get bitch slapped again. Why is Vera still crying about something that happen almolst 4 years ago. Oh wait i’m sorry that was his excuse why he has been getting his ass kicked for the last 4 years PLUS. Vera can’t compete with the elete and he knows it. This fight fight with Eliot Marshall proves nothing

  9. Nick says:

    Vera is the man

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