by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
As he heads into his next fight against Jon Jones on March 21, Brandon Vera is ready to once again prove he has the stand-up skills to go toe-to-toe with anybody in the sport, but he’s also ready to show some new tricks.
The California based fighter, who has been working with coach Lloyd Irvin and training partners like NCAA All-American wrestler Phil Davis, is ready to prove that if you take him to the ground, it’s a whole new problem.
“You take me to the ground this year, you’re going to get submitted,” Vera told MMAWeekly.com in a recent interview. “I’ll tell you that much right now.”
Working to get ready for the fight against Jones, Vera is confident that his next opponent will be willing to stand and trade with him, but if not, he’s ready for any problem he may encounter.
“We’re going to bang man. I don’t think he’ll take me to the ground,” Vera commented about Jones. “He’s with a new camp, he’s with (Greg) Jackson’s and them. They’re good game plan people so he might try to take me to the ground, but I tell you this much in 2010, my jiu-jitsu game I’ve been tightening back up.”
Despite his jiu-jitsu game improving, Vera still says that the fans in Denver are in for a treat when he squares off against Jones because a knockout is headed their way.
“Jones, he’s got the skills; he’ll stand with me. Somebody’s going to go to sleep.”