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VCURamFan 06-12-2012 01:45 PM

Brandon Vera on Fight With Mauricio Rua: 'This is a Golden Ticket'


Jun 11, 2012 - Most mixed martial artists claim they don't care what fans and media are saying about them online.

Brandon Vera isn't quite like most fighters.

The veteran light heavyweight knows that many consider him not worthy of the UFC on Fox 4 main event against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. But instead of shutting out his detractors, the San Diego resident found his motivation through online trash talk.

On Monday's edition of "The MMA Hour," a fired-up Vera told's Ariel Helwani that a nasty message left on his Facebook page fueled the fire for his Aug. 4 bout with Rua at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

"I read one comment that stuck out a lot," Vera said. "It burnt me. It was a good one. I don't remember the guy's name, I banned him from my Facebook. But he was a godsend, because since the day I read that it's been eating at me every day. It's a good motivator. The comment was I'm not a contender, I'm a pretender. It was good.

"I was like, ‘God, this [expletive] guy.' And I thought about it. I started asking myself questions. Have you been doing everything you're supposed to be doing? How much of the statement is true? The truth hurts. Sometimes you gotta look in the mirror and face your demons, man."

It seems like eons