11/20/2006 2:27am, #1
Brandon Vera - The future of MMA?
Brandon can do it all. Box, Muay Thai, BB in BJJ, and a formerly ranked Greco wrestler.
I'm not talking a one dimensional fighter that branches off and gets good at other parts, like Hughes, I'm talking one who is great in all parts of the game.
Listen to him in this interview for a Filipino Tv show. Brandon goes on to say what needs to be done to become a MMA fighter.
11/20/2006 2:37am, #2
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Vera's a real class act. Nice guy, and of course it's nice to hear his "what you mus do before you get in the cage" - clearly he's never encountered a REAL martial art, which will always be a complete system covering all three ranges.
11/20/2006 8:33am, #3
I think he's great, but he's not a true heavy. $5 says when he meets one - (Sylvia, maybe Arlovski or Monson) he'll get his **** pushed in. He'll be one bad mofo at light heavy though.You can't make people smarter. You can expose them to information, but your responsibility stops there.
11/20/2006 8:57am, #4
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11/20/2006 11:37am, #5
I too, would rather see him fight at LH. I think he could give the title a run.
My only reservation is, who has he really fought?
11/20/2006 11:42am, #6
11/20/2006 11:54am, #7
Brandon is a team mate of mine so I'm obviously biased in his favor, but he is so skilled all around that I think he can be champ at HW and LHW like he has said he wants to do.
11/20/2006 12:40pm, #8Originally Posted by PirateJon
11/20/2006 1:23pm, #9
Yeah. Personally I think he needs just a bit more experience before he goes after someone like Arlovski, who's had a ton of fights. If GSP had had a few more fights before he took on Hughes, he would have won the first time, and I can see a similar situation with Vera.
11/20/2006 4:32pm, #10Originally Posted by fatherdog
I'm talking more power-to-weight or ideal size or whatever you want to call it. It's the same reason Randy dropped down to lt heavy. Brandon's ideal size says lt heavy to me. Gaining 30lbs - and it didn't look like muscle - for a fight is a crazy thing to do no matter what.
Maybe he is that badass and can hang with the top level big guys, but I wouldn't put my money on it. I'll pay to see him try though. :laughing5You can't make people smarter. You can expose them to information, but your responsibility stops there.