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Brandon “The Truth” Vera is back in the Philippines to attend to business and personal matters. But aside from that, it appears the reigning ONE heavyweight champion is prepping himself for a next fight.
Vera and wife Jessica welcomed their first child together, Atreyu Timothy Craven Vera, last year in the United States. They were left to stay there with the COVID-19 pandemic raging. This is the first time he has returned to the counry.
“We’re back here in the Philippines to come home for a second, finish filming our movie we started about a virus, before the real virus, and a couple of endorsement commercials,” Vera stated.
Aside from the personal and business obligations, “The Truth” will be keeping tabs on heavyweight matchups at ONE: UNBREAKABLE II.
ONE: UNBREAKABLE II is a previously recorded event from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. it is scheduled for global broadcast this Friday, Jan. 29. Among those featured include former ONE Heavyweight World Title challenger Mauro “The Hammer” Cerilli of Italy and Russia’s Abdulbasir “Dagestan Machine” Vagabov.
Other than them, there is also four-time Muay Thai and Kickboxing Heavyweight World Champion Alain “The Panther” Ngalani of Hong Kong who will be up against Senegalese sensation “Reug Reug” Oumar Kane.
The four men are among the top heavyweight fighters who have their sights on Vera’s ONE Heavyweight World Title.
The 43-year-old Filipino-American combat sports veteran has held the title since winning the inaugural belt in 2015. Vera says that he is more than willing to put it on the line against a worthy challenger.
“These guys are amazing heavyweights, each with their own attributes to solve and figure out. I’m excited to see this event, and even more excited to watch and learn. I’m beyond hyped for all the recent signings of world-class heavyweight talent. It makes me nervous, which in turn, makes me train even harder,” Vera said.
“All of them are future opponents. Everyone is when you’re the champ.”
In a recent Global Conference Call with ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, ONE Championship announced its latest renewed partnership with Turner Sports in the United States. On the call, Sityodtong fielded questions from media from all over the world, who asked about a wide range of topics, including the status of the heavyweight division and when Vera can expect to be back in action.
The promotion stated that logistics and contracts were still being figured out, but that fans would not have to wait long to see “The Truth” return to the Circle.
Vera’s next fight
Currently, Vera is expected to face rising star Arjan “Singh” Bhullar of India in his next world title defense, although nothing has been finalized yet and a date has yet to be confirmed. Vera did, however, teased his impending return.
“I would say abangan ‘nyo (wait for it) for the first half of the year,” Vera said.