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Biofile: Brandon "The Truth" Vera
Published by Scoop Malinowski
Wednesday, August 13th, 2008 at 3:21 am

Status: UFC Light Heavyweight & Heavyweight contender.
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 225 1/2
DOB: October 10, 1977 In: Norfolk, VA
Fight Inspiration(s): “My family.”
Leisure Activities: “Playing with my dogs, remote-control cars, I like to go mountain bike riding, and play video games.”
Nicknames: “Brad.”
Favorite Movies: “The mafia-gangster movies and all the horror movies. Scarface, Goodfellas, all the Saws, the original Exorcist, the original Evil Dead.”
Favorite TV Shows: “Weeds, Heroes.”
Musical Tastes: “Everything except country, well there is some country I like. I usually listen to smooth R&B.”
Last Book Read: “The Book of Five Rings.”
Favorite Website(s): “My site of course [laughs], You Tube. And”
Childhood Dream: “A fireman or an astronaut.”
Favorite Meal: “Chicken adobo.”
Favorite Breakfast Cereal: “Frosted Flakes.”
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Depends on the mood, I like rainbow sherbet, butter pecan.”
First Fighting Memory: “Oh shit, I won!”
Pre-Fight Feeling: “Why the hell am I still doing this?!”
First Job: “Janitor at my father’s restaurant (called) Chan’s.”
First Car: “’86 Z28 Camaro (white).”
Current Car(s): “Have an ’06 Takoma and an ’08 Sequoia.”
Greatest Sports Moment: “It hasn’t happened yet.”
Most Painful Moment: “Fuckin’ losin’ two in a row.”
Worst Injury: “UCL reconstruct on right elbow (in ’99).”
Funny Fighting Memory: “Getting kicked in the nuts by Rampage the first time I ever trained with him.”
Embarrassing Career Memory: “Losing two in a row.”
Favorite Fighters To Watch: “Rampage, Forrest, GSP, BJ Penn, Anderson, Josh Barnett.”
Toughest Man Faced: “Verdum. (Why?) Him being well-rounded.”
Which Fight Were You At Your Very Best: “I haven’t got there yet.”
Last Vacation: “I don’t know. I don’t take many. Philippines maybe. I haven’t been on a vacation in a while. Oh yeah, Big Bear. I did one week in Big Bear (California).”
Funniest Fighters Encountered: “Rampage [laughs]. He’s retarded. Everything coming out of his mouth is funny. Dominic Cruz – we call him Li’l Angry Guy. He’s always angry. But it’s funny angry, he’s not being a jerk about it. He’s just angry, man [smiles].”
People Qualities Most Admired: “Honesty.”

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