If he beats Rua and Jones defeats Henderson, Vera believes he now has the proper mindset to be successful against the champ.
“The very first time I fought Jon Jones, I thought he was just some young punk and I didn't respect him at all. I got what I deserved,” recounted Vera. “If and when I do get a chance to fight Mr. Jones again, I promise he'll have my full and undivided attention.”
Of course, all the talk about title shots and winning the lottery are for not if Vera doesn’t take advantage of the opportunity laid at his feet.
“This opportunity, it's a dream come true and makes everything okay, and I'm taking full advantage of it. I've never been so confident, so sure ever in my life.”
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