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Brandon Vera: I've got to touch Randy's chin and see what's left

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"When they first told me I was going to fight in (UFC) 105, I was like, 'Hell, no. That’s nine weeks from now. I just got done fighting (at UFC 101).' Then they said I’d be fighting Randy and I was like, 'Oh yeah, I’ll fight Randy.' I always knew at some point in my career I would fight Randy. He’s one of the best. If you’re on a certain path, you’re going to have to cross certain people. I’ve told everyone it’s like a dream and a nightmare coming true at the same time. He’s broken all barriers. There is no 'old' now. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he fought until he was 51. The fights in the old dog. But I’ve got to go in and touch that chin, see how much is left in Randy. When they raise my hand, I want Randy to look over and be like, 'That (expletive).' I want him to be proud of me for turning into the fighter I always talked about being. He’s been there and watched me run my mouth at the Olympic training center. I want him to experience it first hand and say to himself, 'He’s going where he said he was going to go.'"

– Light heavyweight Brandon Vera talks about his upcoming fight against mixed martial arts legend and former division champion, Randy Couture, in the UFC 105 main event from the Manchester Evening News (MEN) Arena in Manchester, England, on Nov. 14. "The Truth" is fresh of a dominant performance over Krzysztof Soszynski in August, using a new-look southpaw stance to foil the "Polish Experiment" for three full rounds. Couture, on the other hand, has lost back-to-back fights in the heavyweight division to Brock Lesnar and Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira. The 46-year-old will return to the 205-pound division for the first time since 2006. Will "The Natural" have the right formula for success against Vera, as well as in the land of light heavies moving forward, or will the younger, faster and possibly hungrier challenger be too much to handle?

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