“I will always know I did everything I could,” he said, trusting that his mindset and grit – along with his talent – will get him where he wants to go.
“You see how many guys came to the UFC, and their first three fights, they’re like ‘Wow, it’s the next Anderson Silva.’ Then three months later, the guy loses. That’s because he wasn’t ready mentally. I don’t know what switch I turn on in my head that makes me have that willpower, but basically it’s kill me or stop me. I’m not giving you the fight like a lot of other fighters do. That’s something mental and that comes from your training. Honestly, every practice, I’m taking it serious. I mess around 20 hours a day, but the four hours I’m training, I’m working and it’s paying off.”
Vera pauses, then continues.
“There are no superheroes here,” he said. “It’s just two men and one is gonna lose.”
Marlon Vera is doing everything possible to make sure it’s not him.
“I always think this is gonna be the last fight of my life, the hardest one, the ugliest one,” he said. “But I know when the fights get ugly, I’ll be ready.”