One of the most talked about UFC fighters, Brandon Vera, may soon have a much clearer future. The promising heavyweight fighter will have an arbitration hearing either today or tomorrow in front of the California State Athletic Commission over him ditching long time manager Mark Dion who was reportedly turning down Vera’s fights without ever discussing their possibility with “The Truth”.
Vera, despite having just 8 total MMA fights, is one of the most talked about fighters in the sport as his surge in popularity and dominating wins have made him not only a favorite of many fans but also the focus of lots of talk. Vera has yet to be defeated in MMA winning all of his fights so far in his career.
After going 4-0 outside of the UFC Vera jumped to MMA’s biggest stage in 2005 when he defeated Fabiano Scherner with a second round TKO. He next posted a quick KO win over Justin Eilers at UFC 57 and quickly followed it up with another win, this time a submission victory over Assuerio Silva at UFC 60. In his last fight in late 2006 Vera dominated former heavyweight champion Frank Mir at UFC 65. After his win over Mir he was reportedly offered a heavyweight title match against Tim Sylvia at UFC 68 but the fight was declined and Randy Couture took the match instead ultimately winning the heavyweight belt.
“The Truth” currently has one fight left on his current UFC contract with intentions of signing a new contract following his next fight which could take place in November.
Rumors surfaced earlier today on several internet forums that Vera may be facing Andrei Arlovski at UFC 78 in New Jersey this November, likely for a heavyweight title shot early next year. The possibility of a matchup with Arlovski was something we mentioned more than 2 months ago though the fight may finally become reality later this year. Keep in mind these are rumors but if they come to fruition it will be a very important fight for his personal career as well as the UFC’s heavyweight division.
Once the hearing wraps up we should learn more on when and where Vera will be fighting next so stay tuned for more news on his upcoming plans.