Despite Consecutive Losses, Vera To Fight In Two Weight Classes

Brandon Vera 

It would seem to me that if you lose two consecutive fights in one weight class, you’d want to compile a winning streak in the weight class you had the losing streak in in the first place; try telling that to Brandon Vera.  According to John Morgan of MMAjunkie.com, Vera (8-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) will apparently fight at the 205-pound level and take on International Fight League veteran Reese Andy (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 14.  Vera told Morgan at mmajunkie.com, “I told [the UFC] I wanted to fight again right away.  (UFC President) Dana (White) was kind of joking around talking about 205 (pounds), and then he called me and he said, ‘If you want to fight right away, you can fight on the 19th at 205 (pounds).’  And then they came with this whole list of opponents for me to fight, and I was like, ‘Hell yeah, hell yeah, hell yeah, hell yeah.'”

The list of opponents proposed to Vera inlcuded some who weren’t exactly looking to fight Vera (can’t imagine why); however, Vera admitted that one opponent he doesn’t want to face right now is Lyoto Machida, adding, “For sure, I turned down the fight with Machida.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m down to fight Machida but not in my first time cutting down to 205 on four weeks’ notice.  I want to be ready for Machida.  That bastard’s good.  I want to make sure I’ve got good sparring and a good game plan for Machida.  Machida’s not somebody you can just jump in the cage with and fight.  I don’t care who you are; if you think you can just beat Machida because you’re tougher than him, he’s probably going to whoop your ass.  He doesn’t go in to destroy people and finish them.  Man, you can’t hit him, and he just keeps touching you.  People just get frustrated and pissed off.  So, I did turn down the fight with Machida, but I’m down for sure to fight Machida, given good time.”

But for the time being, Vera will take on Andy, who Vera admittedly says he has seen little of Andy’s fights yet respects the skills that Andy brings to the octagon, saying, “I know [Andy] is a three-time All-American wrestler.  I saw his match with Fabricio Werdum in Abu Dhabi.  For sure he’s got some takedowns, and he looks pretty strong.  I saw half of the second round of one of his fights.  He’s for sure going to try and take me down.  His standup I’m not worried about.  As long as I’m keeping my hands up, we should be OK on our feet.  Just defend the takedown and work my stuff on the ground.”

Although Vera respects the light heavyweight division, his mindset is all about the heavyweight division and wants a shot at Verdum, who he lost to in a controversial decision; so one can assume that Vera probably wants a rematch against Verdum.  Until that time comes, expect Vera to fight in both the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions in the UFC for the short-term.  And hopefully for his career’s sake go on a winning streak.

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