2/06/2006 12:51pm, #1
Brandon "You Can't Handle The Turth" Vera
Greco Roman Wresstler
BJJ Brown Belt under Lloyd Irvin
Muay Thai Fighter under Rob Kamen
One of the biggest Filipino Fighters in the world!!!
That's right bitches, this is the man to watch, this is the future of the UFC Light Heavyweight!
Filipinos are taking over the fight game!
:)Originally Posted by Sifu Rudy Abel
2/06/2006 12:56pm, #2
Guy Who Pays the Bills and Gets the Death Threats
- Join Date
- Jun 1998
- Cow Town
- MMA (Retired)
I was really impressed with this guy.
2/06/2006 12:58pm, #3
If no one knew his base was grappling, would have said, another win for the Strikers!
When in reality, Brandon is the future, so well rounded, you have no idea what his base, as he is that fucking good in everything!Originally Posted by Sifu Rudy Abel
2/06/2006 12:58pm, #4
I'm a little curious to see how well Vera will do against one of the bigger skilled fighters. So far it looks like he hasn't really fought anyone yet in the heavyweight division.
I agree that he's going to be a beast at 205 when he inevitably drops down.
Speaking of heavyweights that should be 205ers, where the hell is Rashad Evans?"No. Listen to me because I know what I'm talking about here." -- Hannibal
2/06/2006 1:32pm, #5
Brandon is a stud. We both got our brownbelts on the same day from Lloyd Irvin. He will be the UFC champ if he wants it. He's got the skills.
2/06/2006 2:05pm, #6
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- May 2005
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I train at The LAB in Fredericksburg with another Irvin Brown Belt, Chad LeBrun, and have been a big Vera fan for awhile.
Lately, especially since Brandon's been on a tear, I keep seeing Lloyd's name brought up in a derogatory fashion, such as on Sherdog recently when people were discussing UFCs fighters, a blurb about Brandon read:
"Brandon Vera: I don't like his attitude or personality, but I'm impressed with his skill. His standup is more than the slugging that we usually see fro HW's, it's actually pretty nice Muay Thai. He's also a bjj brown belt (even if it is under Lloyd Irvin), so he's solid ont he ground. He's got the skill, only problem is the size. Let's see if he can step it up against some slightly better competition, and if he wins, then he could potentially be built into a contender."
I've seen similar comments in other discussions on other boards as well... Now, I don't have blinders on, and I can see how some might not agree with Lloyd's marketing aspect, but is there something I'm missing? I just don't get what all that's about... Especially considering Brandon is obviously a talented fighter and a strong example of the legitimacy of Lloyd's organization.
Don't mean to hijack the thread, just seemed an appropriate place to ask.
2/06/2006 2:43pm, #7
Lloyd's guys have skill.
From what I can tell a lot of it is just related to the marketing, and the fact that his guys get promoted fast. Then there is a lot of the tma "master" nonsense.
Of course they put up in competition before any of that.
I've heard they also bring a ton of guys to comps so their team results aren't neccessrily representative of overall skill. But that's what guys at small clubs like mine always say.
2/06/2006 2:46pm, #8
I feel it's just negative campaigning and as usual politics of the BJJ world. Lloyd Irvin's marketing, I guess pisses other people off, and bullshit comes out of it.
I happen to think that Lloyd has made other instructors students question things, and it pisses them off.Originally Posted by Sifu Rudy Abel
2/06/2006 4:36pm, #9
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Sakara will eat that bitch alive, and then have room for Tito.
2/06/2006 7:10pm, #10
Watch your mouth call my teamate a 'bitch'...