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Brandon Vera at 202

Brandon Vera downright sucked in his past two fights, so it’s not surprising that he’s coming out with a lot of grand statements on how things have changed and what will be different this time around at UFC 89. I just wasn’t expecting those statements to be THIS grand:

“I’ve never told anybody this, but, I’d been treating this whole thing as kind of a hobby,” says Vera from his training camp in Camp Springs, Maryland. “The best quote I heard was, ‘If you treat business as a hobby, it’s going to pay you like a hobby—but if you treat your business as a business, it’s going to pay you like a business.’ I’d been treating it as a hobby. I wasn’t treating myself as a professional fighter.'”

Mention the prospect of a wild rock-em-sock-em war with the hard-striking kickboxer Jardine, and he gets positively excited. He refers to himself as “the old-school Vera,” and is walking around at 202 pounds. He’s going back to the UK where the taxes are harsh but the Tower of . . .

Wait, wait, wait . . . a guy who had to cut weight for the first time in nine years only two months back, 28 pounds in three weeks, is now walking around at 202 on his own free will?

“Yeah, I am at 202 right now,” he says. “My whole outlook on everything has changed. I am serious about this stuff now. It’s my diet, and my strength and conditioning coach, the 2004 Judo Olympian Rhadi Ferguson, it’s everything. It’s going to be bad for the 205ers, man. Bad. News.”

I dunno if anyone mentioned it to Brandon, but being 202 is actually a smidge small for a UFC light heavyweight fighter. It should be interesting to see how he looks when he steps on the scales, though. The last time his ass was a wad of cookie dough. Now that he’s treating this as a ‘business’ instead of a hobby, will he be carved out of wood?

At the very least, if he stinks up the ring again he might have the ability now to drop to middleweight.