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Old 02-10-2010, 03:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Brandon Vera: Liddell Now Represents Step Down

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LAS VEGAS -- Those wondering how far UFC hall of famer Chuck Liddell’s stock has fallen need to look no further than the words of one Brandon Vera.

The 40-year-old Liddell, projected to face arch nemesis Tito Ortiz for a third time at UFC 115 in June, has lost four of his last five fights. When asked on Friday whether or not “The Iceman” now represents a step down in competition, Vera answered bluntly during a Q&A session at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

“Yes,” said Vera, who was outspoken about his desire to pursue Liddell when he burst on the UFC scene in 2005. “I’m not lying. I would much rather fight somebody I’m supposed to lose to.”

Vera will collide with the fast-rising Jon Jones in the UFC on Versus 1 main event on March 21 at the Odeum Colorado in Broomfield, Colo. The 32-year-old Norfolk, Va., native has won two of his past three bouts and holds key victories against “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 semi-finalist Krzysztof Soszynski, former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir and Strikeforce veteran Mike Whitehead. Vera last competed in November, when he dropped a controversial decision to UFC hall of famer Randy Couture in the UFC 105 headliner.

A Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt and potent muay Thai practitioner who trains under Lloyd Irvin, Vera wants to move behind champion Lyoto Machida and top contender Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the light heavyweight pecking order. Former titleholders Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans figure to provide formidable roadblocks.

“I’m asking for the number three spot,” Vera said. “I don’t give a damn who’s at number three. I can’t ask for number one, and I can’t ask for number two. That’s Machida and ‘Shogun.’ You’ve got to climb the ladder.”

His road first leads through Jones, who was disqualified for the illegal elbow strikes he landed against Matt Hamill at “The Ultimate Fighter 10” Finale two months ago in Las Vegas. Most see “Bones,” who will not turn 23 until July, as a future champion.

“We’re going to see how hard his bones are,” Vera said. “I don’t want to look past Jones; I can’t. He’s a real dangerous fighter.”
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Old 02-10-2010, 03:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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lol shut up Vera. You're extremely overrated and are nothing more than a can crusher. Liddell would still wreck you.
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Old 02-10-2010, 03:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Vera can't even properly can crush anymore. Dude sucks nowadays. Big Tim stole whatever mojo the guy had.

Bones Jones is going to beat him, anyway.
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well anyone who really thinks liddell is still a top fighter is most likely a big liddell fan or just fooling themselves.I dont even think hes a top 10 anymore.

2-3 years ago I would say that liddell would murder tito in this upcoming fight, now I cant even say who will this fight. with this said though, I am not saying vera would stomp liddell in a fight or anything, I am frankly surprised he said this because he will also never compete for the title.

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Liddell is old and chinny. Seriously, I think many have *hopefully* come to terms with this. Still, Iceman fans will be Iceman fans. I still hope for the day where Frank Shamrock heel hooks Anderson Silva.

Doesn't mean it's going to happen.
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I actually see Vera beating Chuck. Vera doesn't have KO power with his weight drop, but his leg / arm length should be enough for a similar showing of Liddell v. Jardine.

That said, Vera isn't even top 10. He's delusional that he wants, or could even compete, with "number 3," whoever that is in the reader's eyes.
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Taking into consideration what Chuck has accomplished, I would say he and Vera are about the same stature in LHW division right now. The Jones fight is a tricky one for Vera because Bones isn't terribly well known but is projected to be a contender.

In my opinion, right now Vera would beat Chuck. He has the range and the technical ability to outstrike him, and he can avoid the takedown if need be.
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Well what Vera's saying is true, but he's gonna have to bring it if he's gonna take out Bones.
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Arghh shut your mouth Brandon. Like an earlier poster said, extremely overrated. I'm not even sure why this guy is still actively signed to the UFC. Looking through his record, the only notable win was against Mir when Mir was at his lowest point in the sport. Im hoping for a violent Jones knockout.
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Liddell is old and chinny. Seriously, I think many have *hopefully* come to terms with this. Still, Iceman fans will be Iceman fans. I still hope for the day where Frank Shamrock heel hooks Anderson Silva.

Doesn't mean it's going to happen.
Id mark if Frank heel hooks Silva. Hell id mark to see Frank vs Bas one last time with old pancrase rules

As the topic at hand. I have a question to ask Vera. Hows that being a HW and LHW champ coming along?
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