For Brandon Vera, not being on a restricted diet has been a blessing.

Vera, a previous member of the UFC’s light heavyweight division, will return to the ranks of the heavyweights this Saturday night at UFC 164 when he faces Ben Rothwell.

Following a loss to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua last year, Vera (12-6) decided to make the change – and he has enjoyed it for at least one reason.

“I’m training a lot, eating more. Holy shit, it’s been so nice to eat,” said Vera, in an interview with Fight Now TV. “Training is fun again, I don’t come in tired; all my training partners say I feel stronger. I (expletive) hate cutting weight man.

“I hate it. I absolutely hate it.”

Vera has had an interesting run with the UFC. Following a win over Frank Mir in 2006, he was viewed as a potential title contender.

However, “The Truth” was defeated by Tim Sylvia and Fabricio Werdum in back-to-back matches, prompting a move to 205 pounds.

Vera went just 2-2 from 2009-10, but the two losses were to Randy Couture and Jon Jones. He lost to Thiago Silva in 2011, but the decision was changed to a no-contest after Silva failed the post-fight drug test, granting him another shot with the promotion.

A decision win over Eliot Marshall placed Vera in the Rua bout, but was succumbed to the former champion via TKO in the fourth round.