VERA SHEDDING MANAGER, WANTS BACK IN THE OCTAGON By Loretta Hunt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Heavyweight contender Brandon Vera says he will fight two times by the end of this year, this in light of lingering contractual issues the 29-year-old has with both his existing manager Mark Dion and with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Vera stated yesterday in an interview on FIGHT NETWORK RADIO that he has parted ways with Dion, who also owns the City Boxing gym in San Diego, and will seek arbitration through the California State Athletic Commission as early as July.
Vera confirmed he had been offered a title bout against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia on March’s UFC 68 card in Columbus, Ohio, though he did not elaborate why the bout never came to happen. Randy Couture would come out of retirement to earn the title from Sylvia with a five-round unanimous decision.
In late March, Vera signed a six-month extension with the UFC with one fight left on his current contract. Vera had previously stated he intends to re-sign with the UFC.
Though only 6-0 in the fight game, the muay Thai savvy Vera has created a wave of anticipation with four dominating turns in the Octagon, including his decimation of former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir via first round TKO at last November’s UFC 65.