Talented up and comer Brandon Vera who fought to a decision loss against Tim Sylvia has told TheFightNetwork.com that he is still planning on staying at heavyweight despite the urging by UFC officials to get him to drop down to 205.
I was like “For what? I ain’t moving nowhere” Why would I even think of moving (down)? I have a whole bunch of stuff to do still. I’ve got to beat Tim (Sylvia). I’m not gonna let that one go. Our paths will cross again, I promise.
Vera’s fight against Sylvia at UFC 77showed the disadvantages of being an undersized heavyweight as “The Truth” was constantly overpowered and muscled around. Vera believes the broken hand he sustained in the first round affected his ability to maneuver in the clinch and to this day he is still very disappointed with his performance.
Oh my God that fight sucked so bad; that’s why I wanted to apologize to my fans.
After the fight, people weren’t writing me and calling me and saying, ‘Sorry about your hand. Sorry you lost the fight.’ People were calling, [saying], like, ‘What the fuck was that, Brandon? You’re way better than that.’ I got no love. Everyone was mad at me. When you fight, you’re supposed to leave it out there.
I don’t ever want to fight like that again. To me, that wasn’t even a loss. I didn’t catch an ass whoopin’. I didn’t get beat down.
Vera also told TheFightNetwork that he was offered a fight in March, but had to turn it down due to the broken hand he sustained in the fight with “the Maine-iac”. He declined to name the opponent and is instead eyeing an April return.
There’s no way I can commit to that (possible fight in March). This week, I just started using my hand to pick up stuff like plates. I can cut steak now.
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