Brandon “The Truth” Vera, due to fight in UFC 105 against Randy Couture, began his passion for mixed martial arts in his teen years where he wrestled for his local high school, Lake Taylor High in Norfolk, Virginia. He there earned a four-year athletic scholarship to Dominion University. After a year and a half though, he then decided college wasn’t for him and dropped out. Vera enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he joined their wrestling team. He did his training at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs Colorado. Unfortunately his wrestling career was cut short in 1999 when he tore the ligaments in his right elbow. Arthroscopic surgery repaired the ligaments, but nerve damage made him unable to use his right arm. Vera was then released from the Air Force on medical discharge.
Brandon returned to Virginia to rehabilitate his arm and it was eventually healed enough to where he could enter the Grapplers Quest submission wrestling competitions on the east coast. At first Brandon had no professional training. He didn’t belong to a camp and trained and cut weight on his own. At one of the Grapplers Quest competitions, he caught the attention of coach and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Lloyd Irvin. Irvin invited Vera to train with him at his school where he was first formally introduced to MMA. Vera also has trained at Linxx Academy and Hybrid Academy where he received the basics of his training in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
On July 6th 2002, Vera had his first professional fight while under the training of Irvin. It was against Adam Rivera and ended in the 1st round attributed to TKO by Vera. He fought and won his second bout in 2004. He then entered World Extreme Cagefighting heavyweight tournament in 2005 where he won 2 fights in one night, including a bout against The Ultimate Fighter 2’s Mike Whitehead in the finals.
Brandon moved to San Diego in 2003 to train with City Boxing. He excelled in training and was mentored by the owner Mark Dion. Dion became Brandon’s manager and introduced him to kickboxing legend Rob Kaman. With Bradon’s blossoming success as a MMA fighter, Dion gave him partial ownership of City Boxing.
Vera’s debut into the world of UFC was at Ultimate Fight Night 2 on October 3rd in 2005. He fought against Fabiano Schemer, where he beat him mid-way through the 2nd round with a TKO. His next fight was at UFC 57, where he won in the 1st round by knockout against Justin Eilers. On a roll, Vera defeated Assuerio Silva with a submission by guillotine choke at UFC 60. Vera flourished under the management of Dion. His career reached its climax on November 8th 2006 at UFC 65, where he beat ex-heavyweight champion Frank Mir in an astonishing 69 seconds. From this moment on Vera was known as a force not to be reckoned with.
In August 2007, UFC announced Brandon’s “return.” His first fight back was against Tim Sylvia at UFC 77 on October 20th. He lost by unanimous decision and also broke his left hand in the first round. Vera was quoted saying about the fight, “I am ashamed to have been a part of it.” His most recent fight was against Krzysztof Soszynski at UFC 102 on August 29th 2009, where he won by unanimous decision. His record stands at 11-3.