UFC rising heavyweight sensation Brandon Vera threw fans a "bone" earlier today when he posted a message on Sherdog.net, claiming that he will remain with the organization despite a lucrative offer from Elite XC for a reported $1.5 million just to autograph the dotted line.
It's not the best information, but the thread does offer some insight into one of the more curious unresolved contract situations.
Here's the snip:
"When someone lies to you... it becomes a fu*ked up thing. Then they start talking sh*t about your cuz thier wrong? It becomes something else. It is what it is... I've left City and am in process with the CSAC for my managerial contract. I WILL be fighting soon, and it WILL be a good one. Hope everyone the best. Yeah.......... I'm training.... Ima still be with UFC.Ã¯Â¿Â½?
"The TruthÃ¯Â¿Â½? trained with City Boxing — a San Diego, California-based mixed martial arts gym — and is still listed as a fighter in its stable on the Web site.
However, it seems that Vera has recently disassociated himself with the camp and is looking to become his own manager.
Speculation indicates that his former representation turned down offers from the UFC without consulting Vera first.
With the recent sale of PRIDE FC to the majority owners of the UFC — Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta — it's no surprise to see that Vera is motivated today to shed some light on the issue.
Clearly, a $1.5 million signing bonus is insane cash. But, the opportunity to fight the best fighters in the world on the biggest stage in the world will no doubt pay dividends in the long run.
And, beating up average competition in a not-so-popular promotion doesn't seem as nice now that the MMA landscape has been turned upside-down.
It's important to note that Vera still has one fight remaining on his existing UFC contract. Whether or not he agrees to an extension in the near future will apparently now be his decision and his decision only.
Better late than never.
For more brief snips from Vera, including his desire to fight Cro Cop and to move down to 205-pounds this year, head over to Sherdog.net.