I don't think Vera would have any problems with Monson standing. Pe De Pano didn't and shit I might even have better striking than him. Pe De Pano used a leg kick and a dumbass stance and survived a lot of time on the feet with Monson. Between actually having striking skills and also like Pe De Pano having a big reach advantage, Vera should handle Monson on the feet. On the ground Vera better be on top, but other than that he should be fine. Isn't he supposed to be whicked on the ground also? I know nothing about Vera's ground game except they call him a BJJ Brown belt. But I don't know who gave him his brown belt or how much of his submission skills have been proven in the MMA world, etc. So if he's as good on the ground as he's supposed to be, I guess the only guys in his way at Heavyweight would be Arlovski and Sylvia.
And dudes post above just reminded me how stacked 185 seems to be overnight. Mike Swick is all of a sudden the real deal, Anderson Silva is confirmed into the UFC (up til just a day or so ago people were still swearing UFC jumped the gun announcing A Silva on their website), Leben is going into the highest class of competition at 185 now, Marquardt is hanging around, Dean Lister debuted - took out a 205 lb. legit contender, and is moving back to 185. You've got Prangley out there still and Sonnen. There's some shit waiting for Rich whenever he gets back.
Last edited by Matt Boone; 05-28-2006 at 02:08 PM.