Vera: Liddell is a step down

by Brian Knapp | source:

When asked on Friday whether or not “The Iceman” now represents a step down in competition, Vera answered bluntly during a Q&A session at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

“Yes,” said Vera, who was outspoken about his desire to pursue Liddell when he burst on the UFC scene in 2005. “I’m not lying. I would much rather fight somebody I’m supposed to lose to.”

“I’m asking for the number three spot,” Vera said. “I don’t give a damn who’s at number three. I can’t ask for number one, and I can’t ask for number two. That’s Machida and ‘Shogun.’ You’ve got to climb the ladder.”

His road first leads through Jon 'Bones' Jones, who was disqualified for the illegal elbow strikes he landed against Matt Hamill at “The Ultimate Fighter 10” Finale two months ago in Las Vegas.

“We’re going to see how hard his bones are,” Vera said. “I don’t want to look past Jones; I can’t. He’s a real dangerous fighter.”

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CindyO site profile image  

2/14/10 5:01 PM by CindyO

 I thought he looked good against Randy-- in fact, I think he won that match. Cindy

ExtremeStriker site profile image  

2/14/10 3:26 PM by ExtremeStriker

Actually no it does not! If I screwed up my words then maybe but I'm pretty sure I was to the point. I was making a point to the guy who said Vera was a better wrestler which he is not! The point was they said Hammil was a better wrestler than Jon too and you saw what Jon did to him, seems pretty straight forward to me

humphrey sphinctermuscle site profile image  

2/11/10 5:09 PM by humphrey sphinctermuscle

brandon "can't handle the truth" vera.what a guy

Badmonkey site profile image  

2/11/10 5:08 PM by Badmonkey

Vera is always boring to watch.

Chimonos Revenge site profile image  

2/11/10 5:06 PM by Chimonos Revenge

But spent the entire fight getting controlled. Did the most damage, maybe...but still lost the ring generalship.That was just a horrible fight all over, neither should get a win for that. Should have been a draw due to ineffectiveness.

Chimonos Revenge site profile image  

2/11/10 5:04 PM by Chimonos Revenge

A Frank Mir who wasnt any way near the condition hes in now, or even before the accident.That win is tainted..if it's Veras only quality win, than he really hasnt beaten anyone.And thats "The Truth"

jaseprobst site profile image  

2/11/10 4:21 PM by jaseprobst

The only good thing about fighting Bones Jones now is you don't have to fight the version that will evolve a couple years from now.He is scary good.Great fight.

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2/11/10 3:50 PM by William Feathers

 Brandon vera is good in the clinch  but the hand would of to go to Chuck lindell when you underestmate a fighter like chuck thats when he catchs you on the button man Jones will beat the hell out of vera                          

Zamiel site profile image  

2/11/10 6:59 AM by Zamiel

Vera wants to see how hard his Jon's bones are.

StretchPlum site profile image  

2/11/10 4:02 AM by StretchPlum

Vera is a non-player who shouldn't even speak other than asking if they need the office cleaned up, but Chuck is shot.