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LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 01: Brandon Vera works out for the media during the UFC on FOX open workouts at the J.W. Marriott on August 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Training: I train 2x, sometimes 3x, a day up here in Big Bear.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I trained at the Olympic Training Center and saw a lot of fighters come through there, Randy, Matt, Dan, Mike V, after the 2000 Olympic year. I took a couple of years off from training or doing anything. I started to watch the MMA shows, saw Randy beating up everyone. I was like “hey I can do that”. So, I started training.
What ranks and titles have you held? I’m a 2x Pan-American Champion, Abu-Dhabi veteran, 8x Grapplers Quest Champion, W.K.A. Muay Thai National champion, Lloyd Irvin Brown Belt.
Do you have any heroes? The Incredible Hulk.
What is your favorite technique? Flying Yoga Wrist Lock
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? That I’ve stayed the path, all my decisions have been correct. It’s finally MY time to shine.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Old Dominion University, still working on my Degree.
What was your job before you started fighting? I was in the Military. USAF.