I don't mean to question Shogun's heart. I just think Vera is building him up some in his own mind.
The main thing I got from this and other interviews is: Brandon Vera is clearly scared. But that is not necessarily a bad thing. Fear is very powerful. I'm barely capable of hurting someone unless I'm afraid. The more afraid I am the more I'm capable of. If Vera is like that then he just might fight the fight of his life.