Former UFC veteran Brandon “the Truth” Vera (12-7) is on the books for his debut in Asia’s premiere fight organization–One FC. Booked to compete in One FC 22: “Warrior’s Way,” he stated at a press conference:
“I am so excited to compete in Manila for the first time for ONE FC,” Vera stated. “The fans in the Philippines have been behind me my entire career, and I want to repay their faith by giving them an exciting performance and bringing my best into the ONE FC cage for a victorious debut this December.”
“The truth” had some superior moments in the UFC, but was released in June after a 1-5-1 record in his last 7 fights. His greatest accomplishments include taking out former champion Frank Mir in a 69 second onslaught, starting his UFC career with a 4 fight winning streak, and a brutal bout with Randy Couture that came down to a controversial lost decision.
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Vera will compete in the heavyweight division of One FC, sizing up the likes of Tony Bonello, Chris Lokteff, Paul Cheng, and James McSweeny for headlining matchups to come. The American-born Filipino may bring an international draw to One FC after such a long UFC record. Some believe he is sure to sell out the Mall of Asia Arena when “Warrior’s Way” take place in the Phillipines.
However, more than half of his fights have been losses and even though he’s put a good deal of effort into them, many pundits believe his career may be going nowhere. It’s impossible to predict precisely what the outcome of his efforts will be in ONE FC but the move is a good one for the sport any way you slice it. Should he win in One FC, he may begin to regain some credibility back home. Those wins in Asia (a market the UFC has just recently begun to enter) could also boost confidence in the ability for One FC to sign compelling fighters, even out of the most highly regarded organizations.
Yet, even if he loses a few bouts within the promotion it could play well for One FC. They could reinforce argument that the UFC may not be the only place good fighters can be found and only the most dedicated enthusiasts would scrutinize his record. Unlike the most recent comments made by newly signed One FC Welterweight Champion, Ben Askren the UFC’s name does still carry enough weight with most spectators that marketing events with former UFC fighters would can be a significant draw.