After a five-year run at 205 pounds, former heavyweight Brandon Vera decided to beef back up for a bout with Ben Rothwell at UFC 164 based on his level of comfort with the division. Vera started his career off as a potential-laden big man, winning eight straight before falling in back-to-back bouts against Tim Sylvia and Fabricio Werdum.
Unfortunately, “The Truth” never fully recovered from the stumbles, moving to light heavyweight based on his lanky frame and outside pressure only to go 4-4 as a 205er. However, the 35-year old Vera believes fans will see a return to his old form when he squares off against Rothwell on Saturday night and not just in terms of physical dimensions.
“I’m training a lot, eating more. Holy sh*t, it’s been so nice to eat,” exclaimed Vera in a conversation with Fight Now TV. “Training is fun again. I don’t come in tired (and) all my training partners say I feel stronger.”
“I f*cking hate cutting weight man. I hate it. I absolutely hate it,” Vera concluded, his disdain for the process as obvious as could be.
The 12-6 Vera has seven knockouts to his credit but has only finished a single foe since beating Frank Mir back in 2006. Rothwell, on the other hand, has scored stoppages against all but three of the 32 opponents he’s beaten in his career and should pose a significant challenge for the smaller Vera.
Fans can catch Vera-Rothwell on the PPV portion of the August 31 show.