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Brandon Vera reveals why he declined fight with Lyoto Machida in new interview

Planet Tatami, the official Brazilian MMA content partner of FiveOuncesOfPain.com, recently had the opportunity to interview UFC light heavyweight Brandon Vera.

Vera made a successful debut at light heavyweight following a unanimous decision victory over Reese Andy at UFC Fight Night 14 this past July. He is set to return to the Octagon against Keith Jardine in Birmingham, England at UFC 89 on Oct. 18.

The Vera vs. Jardine bout will be the co-feature to a card that will be headlined by a middleweight matchup between Michael Bisping vs. Chris Leben and broadcast in the United States on a tape-delay basis on Spike TV.

Vera, who is making final preparations for the fight, recently took time out to speak with Planet Tatami and FiveOuncesOfPain.com for an exclusive interview in which he discusses his motivation for dropping from heavyweight to light heavyweight; whether reports are true that he declined a fight vs. Lyoto Machida, his current contract status with the UFC, and more.

Felipe Maurer de Barros: How is your training for the upcoming fight vs. Keith Jardine?

Brandon Vera: It’s going very well. No complaints at all.

Felipe Maurer de Barros: What was behind your decision to drop from heavyweight to light heavyweight.

Brandon Vera: The UFC asked me to so I said “Sure let’s try it out.”

Felipe Maurer de Barros: How was your adjustment to light heavyweight?

Brandon Vera: My first fight was hard, especially with cutting weight. I haven’t had to do that in about nine years. That sucked.

Felipe Maurer de Barros: How often do you practice your ground game? Who is your Jiu-Jitsu trainer and what’s your belt rank?

Brandon Vera: I train my ground everyday. My instructor is Master Lloyd Irvin and I’m currently a brown belt under him.

Felipe Maurer de Barros: How many fights do you still have in your UFC contract?

Brandon Vera: After this fight with Keith Jardine I will have one more fight with the UFC.

Felipe Maurer de Barros: Which fighter would you like to face in the light heavyweight division and why?

Brandon Vera: There are so many good fighters in the light heavyweight division that are phenomenal (and) I will probably have to face them all some day.

Felipe Maurer de Barros: Who are you training with these days?

Brandon Vera: I train with a whole slew of guys. Dominic Cruz, Gary Padillia, to Gator Man “Jacare,” Rampage Jackson, Tim Carpenter, Cain Velasquez… the list goes on and on.

Felipe Maurer de Barros: Talk about your loss to Fabrício Werdum? Do you still want a rematch?

Brandon Vera: I’m still upset about that fight and I can’t wait to get that avenged.

Felipe Maurer de Barros: Could you explain us what really happened about your proposed fight against Lyoto Machida? Did you really deny the fight against him or it was a misunderstanding?

Brandon Vera: I said that I did not want to fight Lyoto Machia on short notice. For a fighter like him I need to study his gameplan and be ready for that fight. I didn’t want to take it on three and a half weeks notice.

14 COMMENTS
  • Sabotage says:

    I don’t blame Vera for not taking the Machida fight on three and a half weeks notice. Not many fighters would even take that fight with a full training camp of 8-10 weeks.

  • weoweoweo says:

    if he fought Machida the way he fought Reese he’d surely lose. He was obviously not used to weight cutting and gassed early. Hopefully he does better in the jardine fight.

  • the Levi says:

    should be an interresting fight. I hope that this fight doesn’t go to the judges. I like both fighters but I’m leaning towards the Truth.I would like to see if he can solve Machida.

  • ihateemo says:

    I’m pretty sure he already explained that about Machida several weeks ago.

    Also, yay one sentence answers!

  • Brandon Vera seems to be losing it…

  • Ktru says:

    Thought that was a decent interview and shows the simplistic human side to the once-labeled “Next big thing in the HW division”.
    He will probably beat Jardine, then lose his next fight to whomever….

  • Jeff L says:

    I think Jardine is going to roll him.

  • Toque says:

    *sniff *sniff

    You guys smell that?

    Smells like pussy.

  • CaptainAmerica1967 says:

    Jardine will win whether by decision or TKO or KO.

  • Robert says:

    Jardine will get beat he’s not in Vera’s league skill wise.People have to get rid of this idea of Jardine being a top 10 fighter.He’s nowhere near top 10.He has shown zero ground game in any of his fights and Vera’s muay thai skills will be too much.Sorry ihateemo for not giving a one sentence answer i know people no longer have an attention span and can’t concentrate for more than 15 seconds.

  • Powers says:

    3 and a half weeks is a short ass time to prepare.

  • sPoOfee says:

    jardine will ko vera! , im not a jardine fan nor am i a vera fan, but im hoping jardine wins or another scenario i would like to see is jardine getting knocked out in the first round again , which will make it 3 times he got KTFO , by alexander and silva, although i dont see it happening 😀

  • GassedOut says:

    I can’t say I blame Vera if he had less than a month to prepare for a guy like Machida. The guy needs careful preparation to have any kind of shot at a decent showing, never mind a win.

  • Rich S. says:

    is it just me or did Brandon already say this on MMARated a few months ago..
    i remember him admitting to turning down Machida.. and proceeding to say that “he’s not the kind of guy you want to fight on short notice”

    either way.. if Vera’s back to the way he was in his first few UFC fights, then Jardine’s going to get knocked cold in the second round..
    otherwise, Jardine’s going to win a decision..

    i really enjoy Vera and think he can be very marketable.. he just needs to get his head right..

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