Brandon Vera: This is my golden ticket

by Dave Doyle | source:

On Monday's edition of "The MMA Hour," a fired-up Vera told's Ariel Helwani that a nasty message left on his Facebook page fueled the fire for his Aug. 4 bout with Rua at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

"I read one comment that stuck out a lot," Vera said. "It burnt me. It was a good one. I don't remember the guy's name, I banned him from my Facebook. But he was a godsend, because since the day I read that it's been eating at me every day. It's a good motivator. The comment was I'm not a contender, I'm a pretender. It was good.

"I was like, ‘God, this [expletive] guy.' And I thought about it. I started asking myself questions. Have you been doing everything you're supposed to be doing? How much of the statement is true? The truth hurts. Sometimes you gotta look in the mirror and face your demons, man."

"This is a golden ticket," said Vera. " I need this, this could almost become the defining moment of my career, through all the good, the bad and the ugly. If I do this the way I'm supposed to, the way I can, the world will start following. I'm not ready to let my story come to an end. I'm not ready to retire, I'm not ready to hang up the gloves."

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6/12/12 11:58 AM by Smith1234

A lot of people scored spectacular KOs on Eilers. I dont think it is a great indicator of what Vera could do w Shogun. I think that was 05 fwiw.

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6/12/12 11:57 AM by Fernando Alonso

Brandon only speaks the truth

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6/12/12 11:52 AM by Card

No doubt - win/win for Vera, main event on Fox...

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6/12/12 11:32 AM by kevsh

If Brandon needed someone on Facebook to point out that he's not a contender he's worse of than we thought. Like Hemlock pointed out, he has to get serious, stop talking and go in there and fight like his life depends on it. Only chance he has and if he does win it will be his defining moment.

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6/12/12 8:47 AM by Hate420

"the Truth Hurts" Vera seems sensitive...Rua by KO

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