Chris Howie from MMANews.com was able to track down Brandon Vera and score a very in-depth interview with him. Vera talked about a number of subjects, including the current reason why he isn’t fighting:
Brandon Vera: Since UFC 65 I’ve been traveling the world [and] training. Training with my coach Lloyd Irvin and Rob Kamen, opening my own school – Alliance Training Center. We are going to be the only school that has Kamen 101, it’s a program Rob Kamen developed over the years. I’ve been paying a lot of legal stuff to my lawyers while trying to get rid of my manager and I contacted the CSAC [California State Athletic Commission] almost every day to get arbitration set up so I can get rid of this guy.
MMANews.com: What exactly went on with him?
Brandon Vera: I can’t really say too much because I don’t want to mess up anything with my case. I don’t really know what I can and can not say. One thing I can say is that something was told to him that was never told to me. Arbitration will be at the end of this month, in July, we should have a decision one way or the other and then I’ll go ahead and tell the whole world what happened word for word.
MMANews.com: There were rumors going around that you could have had Randy Couture’s spot at UFC 68 against Tim Sylvia for the title. Is there any truth to that?
Brandon Vera: Yes, the fight was offered to me. I did hear about the fight.
MMANews.com: Any particular reason you didn’t take the fight or does that have to do with your manager situation?
Brandon Vera: Yeah, I’ll have to go along with the whole manager situation. What I heard was that it wasn’t worth it for me to take the fight.
MMANews.com: It wasn’t worth it?
Brandon Vera: Yeah, from what I heard from my manager.
That’s just one small exchange between Howie and Vera. To read the interview in its entirety, just click here.