Nick Diaz vs Anderson Silva is stupid. In what universe does a guy (who’s name isn’t Randy Couture) lose a fight and then face off against the champ in the next weight class up? We live in a much saner universe where a guy who’s only won once in the last two years has a chance to fight the champion who already literally smashed his face in if he wins one fight this Saturday. Of course I’m talking about Brandon Vera.
“This guy has been publicly smashed by the fans, the media — I mean everybody is just hammering this guy,” White said. “That’s the type of thing that motivates a guy. Before Thursday’s press conference, he told me, ‘Thank you so much for this opportunity. I have never, ever been this motivated. I’ve never had so many people talk so much trash about me.'”
“The UFC gave me a great opportunity,” Vera said. “People wait their whole lives for a moment like this — one moment — and it’s been given to me. I’m not going to squander this. I’m not going to throw it away.”
Do I have to remind everyone that Brandon is the boy who cried “I’m not going to squander this?” Even if he is the most focused and prepared Vera we’ve ever seen, there isn’t a lot of evidence from the past 5 years suggesting that an amazing, exciting, dominating Brandon Vera even exists any more. He’s still living off the hype he pulled smashing a depressed and rehabbing Frank Mir and a couple other blips in the heavyweight division back in it’s dark ages.
At this point, talk is cheap. If Vera wants to prove his words true, he’s going to have to go out and scrap, something that may not end well for him but would at least show us he’s trying to win rather than trying not to lose.