Fil Am MMA World Champ in Shanghai, China Debut

NEW YORK – Filipino-American sensation Brandon Michael “The Truth” Vera, the reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion, will be making a special appearance during the event week of ONE CHAMPIONSHIP: SHANGHAI, a much awaited inaugural card in Shanghai, China as Asia’s premier martial arts organization.  He will be at the event on September 2.

“I am excited to meet all of the adoring martial arts fans in Shanghai. The Chinese people are so passionate about the sport. ONE Championship has prepared a stacked card featuring a solid group of local competitors mixed in with some of the best international talents on the company’s roster. You all know that means be ready for an amazing night of action. I can’t wait to be there and witness some fireworks,” Vera said.

ONE CHAMPIONSHIP: SHANGHAI which takes place at the 15,000-capacity Shanghai Oriental Sports Center, is headlined by a scheduled five-round welterweight title clash between longtime division kingpin Ben “Funky” Askren and Swedish contender Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam.

Vera will also be in attendance for the highly-anticipated Face-Off event at the Hotel Indigo Shanghai On The Bund on 31 August.

The 39-year-old stalwart from San Diego, California holds an experienced professional record of 15-7, owning ten wins by way of knockout and one victory by submission.

Vera joined ONE Championship in 2014 after competing for over a decade as one of the world’s best heavyweights, scoring an impressive promotional debut against Ukraine’s Igor Subora. Vera won the fight via knockout after landing a counter straight left at 3:54 minutes in the first round.

A devastating striker with a well-rounded submission grappling arsenal, he captured the inaugural ONE Heavyweight World Championship title with a stunning knockout victory over Paul Cheng in December 2015. He won the fight via knockout just 26 second into the first round.

Vera made his first title defense of his gold-pated strap a year later, defeating previously-unbeaten Japanese stalwart Hideki Sekine via first-round stoppage.

According to Wikipedia, Vera has been a professional competitor since 2001. He has formerly competed for the UFC and WEC and is the 2005 WEC Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion.  At present, he is the ONE FC Heavyweight Champion.

He was released from the UFC in 2014, ending his eight-year run with the promotion. Vera later  signed with Singapore-based promotion ONE FC.

The son of a Filipino father, Ernesto, he grew up in a family with three brothers and one sister. He was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, and enlisted in the United States Air Force where he joined the wrestling team and trained at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Vera then moved to San Diego, California in 2003 to accept a training position with City Boxing.  At City Boxing, Vera excelled as a trainer and was taken under the wing of owner Mark Dion, who became his manager and introduced him to kickboxing great Rob Kaman. With Vera’s success as a trainer and a mixed martial arts fighter, Dion gave Vera partial ownership of City Boxing.

Vera’s former wife, Kerry, is also a mixed martial artist who formerly fought for the now-defunct Strikeforce. She was featured on the second season of Oxygen’s Fight Girls. Vera began dating Kerry’s former friend in 2014 as the marriage was coming to an end. The couple announced their engagement in April 2017.

Vera has a tattoo on his back, inked in the Filipino language. Clockwise, it reads mundo (earth), hangin (wind), apoy (fire) and tubig (water).

While staying in the Philippines, he trained Filipino actor, Richard Gutierrez, in martial arts and has been given a role as an assassin for Philippine primetime television show, Kamandag on the GMA Network.

He was featured on a November issue of FHM Philippines “Man Test” Challenge.

 

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