In an interview posted at www.15rounds.com, Brandon “The Truth” Vera discussed a lot of interesting topics with me about what is going on with his career.
Vera was very candid about the management issues that caused him leave the UFC for almost a year. (Vera last fought on November 16,2006 – defeating Frank Mir):
My ex-manager Mark Dionne was untruthful about some stuff with the UFC. He did not tell me everything the UFC saying. It made me not like the UFC for a time. It made me think the UFC did not care what I was doing. I felt disrespected, but none of what Dionne said was true. I ended up getting rid of (Dionne). I found out a lot of stuff Dionne did during arbitration. I got to tell him exactly how I felt without putting my hands on him and that was kind of cool. I felt relieved.
Vera also talked about past-negotiations with EliteXC:
Q: While you were out, we actually saw you at a Gary Shaw promoted boxing event, Israel Vasquez for Rafael Marquez 1, in Los Angeles, Ca. There were a lot of EliteXC fighters there. Shaw even alluded to the fact that EliteXC was close to signing you. What happened there?
BV: They never made an official offer to me according to Mark Dionne. I guess they were just throwing numbers around. I believe that is why Mark did not tell me about the UFC’s offer. Dionne liked the numbers EliteXC was throwing at him instead.
With the current state of turmoil within the heavyweight division in the UFC, Vera may very well be coming back at the most opportune time. If Vera should defeat Sylvia and then possibly Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, we could very well be looking at Randy Couture’s successor to the UFC heavyweight throne.
You can read the whole interview by clicking here.