Brandon Vera Claims ONE FC Treats Fighters Better Than UFC
Former UFC lightweight and heavyweight fighter, Brandon Vera, who is now signed by the biggest MMA organization in Asia, ONE FC, has recently spoken about the difference between the two organizations.
And according to the Filipino American – ONE FC treats their fighters with more respect than the UFC. Speaking to MMA Junkie, here’s what Vera had to say about it:
“I have nothing bad to say about the UFC, but I have a couple things I’m still salty about. Everything from the decision with Randy Couture all the way to the PEDs and everything in between. The respect the fighters are not given is a big deal.
My biggest thing was the respect issue. Not just for me, but for other fighters and all fighters. The stories you hear in the back, the injuries that aren’t taken care of and just the lack of respect. It’s nothing I want to dive too much into.
I couldn’t fathom not being with ONE FC; they treat fighters like modern day Samurai. From the flight and hotels to everything else. I don’t know how to explain it. Sometimes you’ll go into an MMA gym and you’re like, ‘F–k this place.’ Then you could go into another gym and be like, ‘Wow, I could hang out here for a while and not just train, I could kick it here.’ It’s kind of like that. It’s a totally different vibe and mentality. They care about fighters. It’s nice.”
In regards to Brandon Vera’s comment about the Randy Couture decision, Vera and Couture fought at UFC 105, with Couture walking away with a controversial decision win. Majority of MMA media and fans felt Brandon Vera did enough in the fight to be awarded the victory, and perhaps the judges leaned towards Couture due to his legendary status in the sport. .
But it’s important to mention that the UFC does not have anything to do with who judges what fight, or how they score it. Judges are assigned to the fights by the athletic commission overseeing the event.
As far as Vera’s performance enhancing drugs (PED’s) complaint, the UFC has implemented a more extensive drug testing program since Vera left the UFC. But Vera is surely not the only former or current UFC fighter who’s voiced their opinions on that topic.
Brandon Vera is 1-3-1 in his past five fights. His last victory came at UFC 137 when he defeated Elliot Marshall by unanimous decision.
Vera will be making his debut for ONE FC on December 5th, 2014 when he takes on Igor Subora at ONE FC: Warrior’s Way.