The physical toll of fighting is as obvious as blood on the canvas, yet rarely do fans see the emotional price the men and women of MMA pay after suffering defeat. Competitors are often idolized as being larger than life or even superheroes to a certain extent rather than simply regular people pursuing their passions.

However, a post-fight interview with Brandon Vera after his loss to Mauricio Rua at UFC on FOX 4 showed just how human even the toughest individuals actually are with the 34-year old’s emotions clearly evident while discussing the defeat.

“I really wanted to win that one. It was a good fight against ‘Shogun’. He’s one of my heroes, and I put it out there. I just got caught,” explained Vera, fighting off tears as valiantly as any adversary he’s faced in the Octagon. “It’s hard man, you know? Even though ‘Shogun” is an awesome fighter, it was still hard.”

While Vera may have been left heartbroken by his stumble on Saturday night, “The Truth” was able to take some solace from his performance against the legendary former UFC champion.

“I wanted to show the world, all show everybody else – the haters and doubters – I’m not done by a long shot. My book’s not closed. I’m still writing chapters,” offered up Vera on his effort in the hard-fought four-rounder.

Vera’s overall record now stands at 12-6 with only one win in his last four outings. Still, despite his recent struggles to find victory inside the Octagon, there’s clearly no mystery surrounding his love for the sport or desire to succeed.

The complete interview with Vera can be found below: