By Jamie McAllister
Dana White announced that the winner of the UFC on Fox 4 main event will get the next crack at the Light-Heavyweight Title.
“It gives me goose bumps, man. This is America. This is the place that dreams were built on. Dreams were built here in America. I’m with the UFC, man. They gave me a huge opportunity, in itself, fighting ‘Shogun’ in the main event on FOX. On top of that, they just threw another bonus, today, that if I go out there and perform and beat ‘Shogun,’ I’ll get a second shot at Jon Jones. It’s almost overwhelming, but the way that I’ve been dealing with the pressure is just to go train hard like we started camp yesterday.”
Vera has gone (1-2-1) in his last four bouts in his last bout defeated Eliot Marshall at UFC 137. Vera comments on his preparation for the Shogun bout and states that he has stepped up his training and improved his attitude towards it.
“I brought back in all my Muay Thai coaches. I brought back in all my training partners, all across the country and the world. Alexander Gustafsson came in on a sparring day and gave me some. Everybody has been here and is showing up to support me in this. Everyone understands how big this opportunity is, what this could mean for myself, my career and for the UFC and the history of MMA. Everybody’s been supporting me — 100-percent. What has changed the most is my attitude toward training, things I should’ve been doing since day one.”
When asked about the things that he ‘should’ve been doing since day one’ Vera admitted he simply did not care enough about his fighting career.
“I should have been caring, man. I should’ve understood that I fight in the UFC, where the greatest fighters from around the world congregate to compete for the number one spot. And I didn’t treat it like that for a long time. I didn’t treat it like that at all. So, I understand where I’m at now. I understand.”
Vera also states that he has learned from his mistakes and admitted he was not putting the work in and thought he could win on reputation alone.
“After a while, I probably stated that people should just lose because my name was Brandon Vera. My name was ‘The Truth.’ You lose because of who I was, not because of what I was doing or putting into the sport. Not what I was putting into the bank, how hard I was training or the hours I was putting in.”
What’s your take on the Shogun vs. Vera fight will it be a Cinderella story for ‘The Truth’ or will he simply take a savage beating at the hands of Shogun Rua ?
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