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New Brandon Vera interview

Chris Howie from was able to track down Brandon Vera and score a very in-depth interview with him. Vera talked about a number of subjects, including the current reason why he isn’t fighting:

Brandon Vera: Since UFC 65 I’ve been traveling the world [and] training. Training with my coach Lloyd Irvin and Rob Kamen, opening my own school – Alliance Training Center. We are going to be the only school that has Kamen 101, it’s a program Rob Kamen developed over the years. I’ve been paying a lot of legal stuff to my lawyers while trying to get rid of my manager and I contacted the CSAC [California State Athletic Commission] almost every day to get arbitration set up so I can get rid of this guy. What exactly went on with him?

Brandon Vera: I can’t really say too much because I don’t want to mess up anything with my case. I don’t really know what I can and can not say. One thing I can say is that something was told to him that was never told to me. Arbitration will be at the end of this month, in July, we should have a decision one way or the other and then I’ll go ahead and tell the whole world what happened word for word. There were rumors going around that you could have had Randy Couture’s spot at UFC 68 against Tim Sylvia for the title. Is there any truth to that?

Brandon Vera: Yes, the fight was offered to me. I did hear about the fight. Any particular reason you didn’t take the fight or does that have to do with your manager situation?

Brandon Vera: Yeah, I’ll have to go along with the whole manager situation. What I heard was that it wasn’t worth it for me to take the fight. It wasn’t worth it?

Brandon Vera: Yeah, from what I heard from my manager.

That’s just one small exchange between Howie and Vera. To read the interview in its entirety, just click here.

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