The worst part about the Thiago Silva suspension (beside the fact that the band’s lost it’s bongo player) is the return of Brandon Vera to the roster. Yes, like Keith Jardine, he is like that turd that just won’t flush. The guy hasn’t put on a good performance in five years yet he’s still around, stinking it up time after time. What happened to the monster who tore through the WEC and UFC, looking like a Filipino Crocop (back when that was a compliment)?
Before getting that reprieve, Vera said the notification by phone of his release by the UFC made him realize he was taking his career for granted.
“There’s that one girl in middle school that broke your heart, and you never got to see her again. You can’t even find her on Facebook,” he said. “Well, my girlfriend broke up with me in middle school, and she just called me back, and I’m going to run with it now. I’m going to see if we can turn this into a relationship and do what the (expletive) I was supposed to be doing since day one.”
Vera concedes this isn’t the first time he has promised to regain his focus. Leading up to the Silva fight, he spoke about how he realized his potential had only taken him so far and he knew he needed to work harder if he wanted to accomplish his goal of winning a UFC title.
Vera insists this time it’s different.
“I have a second shot at life. I’ve been training now like I did before I got in the UFC. Since I got to the UFC, I’ve been walking around with a big head and taking (expletive) for granted,” he said. “I wasn’t in love with the sport anymore. I wasn’t going to fights. I would only watch when my friends were fighting on TV. I love the sport again.”
Before the Silva fight wasn’t the first time we’ve heard talk like this. There was 2009 as well:
“I just wasn’t into it,” said Vera. “I was training and doing my thing. I would be the hardest working guy in the gym. But my mind wasn’t into it. I wasn’t excited to go back to the gym or do my second training session or my third training session. It all changed now though. I found some new coaches and I had some guys kick me in the butt.”
“I’m pushing myself beyond anything I’ve ever done before because I owe you guys. I owe my family, fans, wife, my coaches, my teammates, I owe a lot of people for that last bullshit ass fight I had against Tim Sylvia. That’s not me, that’s not what I want you guys to see again. Come June 7th you all going to see some good stuff. What an MMA fight is supposed to look like.”
How many years of this do we take before we have to start considering other possibilites? Like maybe the sport has passed him by, and he spent that moment he was The Shit sitting on the sidelines in a contractual dispute instead of in the cage wrecking people? Or maybe he just needs to get aggressive again. He started sucking when he stopped coming forward and attacking and instead stood there like a lump in sparring practice. He’s obviously got the technical tools to fuck people up. But does he have the drive to use them any more?