I'm not going to look too much into this. I think Vera is just very appreciative of this chance, and when you are in that state of mind and humbled, appreciative, a person generally is more kind/complimentary than he would be if he had earned it and knew he deserved it.
I think he will fight this fight the same way he would regardless of how he got it, which is to survive by the best ability while having his face destroyed.
"You lack the requisite spine and testicular fortitude to study under me"
“You do not know the first note of the music that moves me.”