MMA Vera: Henderson, Silva and Sokoudjou turned down July 19 fight

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  1. Atmosphere

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    Vera: Henderson, Silva and Sokoudjou turned down July 19 fight

    by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Jul 14, 2008 at 11:01 am ET
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    Brandon Vera said Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou all turned down a July 19 fight with him, and after he turned declined a fight with Lyoto Machida, the UFC ultimately offered him UFC newcomer Reese Andy.

    In a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), Vera confirmed that he turned down a UFC Fight Night 14 bout with Machida because he felt he needed more training time.

    And though he wouldn't tell us which opponents turned down the fight with him, Vera finally spilled the beans to baltimoresun.com.

    "They offered me Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Lyoto Machida and then Reese Andy," Vera told the website.

    As for turning down the fight with Machida, Vera recently told MMAjunkie.com that it was a no-brainer. However, he didn't count out a future match-up with the famed Brazilian.

    "For sure, I turned down the fight with Machida," Vera said. "Don't get me wrong. I'm down to fight Machida but not in my first time cutting down to 205 on four weeks' notice. I want to be ready for Machida. That bastard's good. I want to make sure I've got good sparring and a good game plan for Machida.

    "Machida's not somebody you can just jump in the cage with and fight. I don't care who you are; if you think you can just beat Machida because you're tougher than him, he's probably going to whoop your ass. ... He doesn't go in to destroy people and finish them. Man, you can't hit him, and he just keeps touching you. People just get frustrated and pissed off. So, I did turn down the fight with Machida, but I'm down for sure to fight Machida, given good time."

    Vera, who will compete at 205 pounds for the first time on Saturday, also told MMAjunkie.com that his move to a new weight class isn't necessarily permanent. He said he wants to return to the heavyweight class, especially for a rematch with Fabricio Werdum.

    The two fighters met last month at UFC 85, and after Werdum rained down a series of unanswered blows, the fight was stopped with 20 seconds remaining in the first round. Vera claims it was a premature stoppage.
     
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    "They offered me Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Lyoto Machida and then Reese Andy," Vera told the website.



    So the first three names turned him down, and then he turned down machida, and then settled on a fight with Andy?

    Confusing.


    But I dont blame any of the big name guys for turning down a fight on 4 weeks notice just because Dana White wants to try to screw over Affliction.
     
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    yeah, soko explained it was too last minute. it's a win-win situation IMO, as the UFC should build up Vera at LHW
     
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    he should fight Shanon Ritch
     
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    i wisht hey would send him back to HW, he is unneeded at 205. Althoguth i would liek to see him beat Chuck before chuck is ancient.
     
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    he's too small as a HW though
     
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    Reese is in a tight position. Unlike the other fighters mentioned, Reese hasn't had the opportunity of big time fights for the UFC. he was in a position where he pretty much had to say yes. Also, Reese may lose and he may lose big, but he isn't afraid to take a short notice fight. Gotta respect him for that. As for Reese helping Dana screw Affliction, that is bullshit. Dana would have had another fight anyway. So is Anderson a yes man?
     
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    Gotta respect the cajones Vera has though, willing to fight Wandy, Soko or Hendo short notice. Also gotta respect his smarts for ducking a short notice fight with Machida. Couldnt agree with him more that you can fight a brawler short notice but need to train a long time on a game plan to fight someone like machida.
     
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    I wonder what he'll look like at 205.
     
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    sounds like every one turned him down for the same reason he turned machida down ...
     
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    I like vera he seems like a funny guy but I dont understand the hype he hasnt impressed me :dunno:
     
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    i think half of the hype is because of who he trains with, and the regards so many people give him. Randy had high praises for his greco roman, he is a disciple of Rob Kaman, Lloyd Irvin sings crazy praises of him. Just from the people he trains with and the words they say about him you would think he is a contender for p4p best.

    Unfortunately it just hasnt panned out.

    The hype makes sense, him not living up to it doesnt make sense. :(
     
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    I made a thread about him ducking machida a while ago and one of your bastards told me to go back to sherdog :fawk2:

    but I did have that really gay picture in that thread too so its ok :)
     
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    So in other words trains like Tarzan fights like Jane.
     
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    I was really impressed when he fought big tim. Hung in the fight with a devasting injury.
     
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    He looked awesome in his fights in the past. The only fights he hasn't impressed in, were his last 2. The tim sylvia fight he broke his hand early on in the fight and he was fighting a guy MUCH bigger than him who wasn't able to do anything but lean on him for a few rounds to get the win. His last fight against Werdum he was looking kinda shitty but the referee robbed him of his chance to prove himself.

    I can't wait to see Vera fight again, especially at 205 which seems to be a muccchhh better weight class for him. He just liked to stay at HW so he didnt have to cut weight and could eat whatever he wants; but being at 205 should force him to really get serious and start training harder.
     
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    He hadnt fought anyone decent until those last two fights his biggest test up until then was an out of shape pretty ordinary looking Frank Mir. Still hasnt done anything to impress me. I would love to see him do well at 205 as he is obviously talented and entertaining.
     
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    Why Reese Andy? I guess Marvin Eastman was not available?
     
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    Reese has legit top shelf wrestling skills

    don't be surprised if Vera takes another L and whines about it
     
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    god forbid he said that his early stoppage was early. my god. what a whiner.
     
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    I don't think he was really covering up well when mounted

    I think a better example would be when Tito was mounted by Randy, it never really looked like Tito was getting hurt
     

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