Filipino-American Brandon “The Truth,” the ONE Heavyweight World Champion On the midst of the pandemic, Vera is spending much-needed quality time in Guam with his wife Jessica and newborn Atreyu Timothy. However, the recent expansion of ONE Championship’s heavyweight class has the defending champion excited about a few possible bouts.
Brandon “The Truth” Vera, a Filipino-American ONE Heavyweight World Champion,
One of these matchups could be against a recent signing. Last week, the company announced the addition of grappling legend Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida to its roster. The Brazilian legend is one of the world’s most successful Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitors and is widely regarded as a demigod in the grappling community.
Vera says he felt especially inspired to get to work after hearing of Almeida’s deal.
“I had to look up the actual name because I only knew Buchecha as a monster. He is a fantastic athlete. “I feel extremely fortunate to get the chance to meet him in the ONE Circle,” Vera remarked.
“It isn’t just him.” ONE has signed a slew of incredibly gifted heavyweights. I’m heading to the gym right now!”
Anyone can be awestruck by Almeida’s laundry list of accomplishments on the mats. He has a staggering number of gold medals and world championships to his name.
In his grappling career, Almeida has 128 wins and only 13 losses, and now he’s moving to the Circle, which has fans from both the grappling and mixed martial arts worlds excited.
Vera is well aware of the type of ‘monster’ he would face if he encounters Almeida in the Circle. The praises for “Buchecha” are endless in “The Truth.”
“I am well-versed in his wrestling accomplishments. He has defeated the greatest in the world, and he is one of the top two grapplers in the world against anyone at any weight. I’m ecstatic that he’s making the switch to MMA,” Vera stated.
“I believe it is the proper development after winning 13 World Championships in grappling. There’s no one else there for you to beat. I’m looking forward to seeing him and possibly fighting against him.”
Vera has been the ONE Heavyweight World Champion since 2015, when he won the inaugural title by knocking out Paul Cheng. Vera has successfully defended the title on two occasions since then, defeating Hideki Sekine and Mauro Cerilli in the first round on both occasions.
Vera is eager to return to the Circle and extend his reign of supremacy in his own weight class after a failed bid at light heavyweight against Aung La N Sang.
With the chance of fighting “Buchecha” down the road, Vera is certain that his jiu-jitsu can hold its own against the finest in the world, and that if he trains hard enough, his total talents will carry him through.
“It’s a much-welcomed test. From Master Lloyd Irvin to Dean Lister to Andre Galvao, my catch-wrestling coach Neil Melanson, and everyone in between, my grappling and jiu-jitsu lineage is filled of hard knocks. Vera stated, “I’m quite confident in my jiu-jitsu talents.”
Though nothing has been confirmed as of yet, the Filipino-American is anticipated to defend his championship against India’s Arjan Bhullar, who is also a worthy opponent. This bout could happen later this year or in the first half of 2021.
One thing is certain: ONE Championship’s heavyweight category appears to be quite deep right now, and Vera now has a plethora of difficult matches in the Circle. Vera is revitalized at this point in his career.
The 42-year-old veteran is up for any challenge, as he usually is.
“The level of competition has just risen by a factor of ten. ONE Championship is providing a really comfortable home for the big boys while also providing me with a lot of work. “I’m looking forward to everything,” Vera stated.