"I wanted to show the world, all the haters and doubters, that I'm not done by a long shot," said Vera. "My books not closed and I'm still writing chapters."
Vera was TKO'd in the final minute of round four, after being knocked to the ground and against the cage as Rua swung away.
"I didn't see the fight going that way," said Vera. "I knew it was going to be a hard fight. I really wanted to win that one against Shogun. He's one of my heroes. I put it out there and got caught. Every fighter wants to be a winner and I never in a million years saw myself losing."
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When Vera took Shogun to the ground, he thought he almost had the fight won there.
"It felt good to control Shogun on the ground," said Vera. "From what I remember, it was a good back-and-forth. I've been waiting my whole career for a fight like that one."
The loss stopped Vera who looked to start another winning streak, which he hasn't had since 2009.
"Thank you guys for never doubting and believing in me even when times were hard," said Vera. "We're not done by a long shot. I'll be back."
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