Reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera is deep in coaching, making ready for his subsequent title protection.
The 43-year-old veteran is in Florida, working with fellow ONE Championship athletes “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang and Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen at Sanford MMA below famend hanging coach, Henri Hooft.
All three athletes have fights lined up over the subsequent few months.
Nguyen is scheduled to face harmful featherweight, “The Fighting God” Kim Jae Woong at “ONE on TNT II,” whereas Aung La is about to defend his ONE Light Heavyweight World Title towards longtime rival Vitaly Bigdash at “ONE on TNT IV.”
As for Vera, “The Truth” is anticipated to face rising Indian heavyweight star Arjan “Singh” Bhullar in his subsequent outing. The struggle is all however set in stone, and is awaiting official announcement from ONE Championship.
Vera and Aung La are former adversaries within the Circle. They fought again in October 2019, when Vera challenged “The Burmese Python” for his gentle heavyweight belt.
Vera succumbed through second-round technical knockout in an action-packed affair, marking the Filipino-American’s first defeat in ONE Championship since becoming a member of the promotion in 2014.
When requested how Vera made his strategy to coaching at Sanford MMA, Aung La shared an entertaining tidbit, earlier than expressing his pleasure to see a former foe make a powerful comeback.
“It was funny because he DM’d Martin [Nguyen] to see if I was okay (with it). Immediately we sent him a video message with me saying ‘You should be asking me, not him!” mentioned Aung La.
“I’m a big fan of Brandon Vera. I’m just happy that he’s here with us. He’s in a camp that’s filled with killers. It’s only going to help him. It’s only going to make him a better champion, and a better mixed martial artist. I’m excited for him. He’s going to fight very soon,” Aung La mentioned in a latest interview with SCMP MMA.”
“In the first week versus now, there’s a big difference. He can make it through two whole practices. I’m happy for him,” Aung La added.
If Vera can get previous Bhullar, a plethora of worthy challengers are lined up for him.
ONE Championship made some large heavyweight and lightweight heavyweight signings over the previous 12 months, bringing within the likes of Marcus Almeida, Tom DeBlass, Amir Aliakbari, and most lately grappling icon Gordon Ryan, amongst others.
“The Truth” actually has his work lower out for him. But earlier than he steps again into the Circle, Vera can be excited to catch the motion at “ONE on TNT I,” which airs subsequent Wednesday, April 7 (Thursday, April eight in Asia), reside from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.
The predominant occasion incorporates a showdown between ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix, and 12-time UFC World Champion Demetrious Johnson, and reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano Moraes.
In the co-main occasion, former UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez takes on #2-ranked light-weight contender, Iuri Lapicus. Also making an look is ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon.
Vera shared his ideas on the huge occasion.
“I’m looking forward to all of the fights on ‘ONE on TNT I.’ But to be honest, Rodtang is the fighter I’m most looking forward to seeing. Everytime Rodtang fights, it seems like something new happens. Something from a comic book or a movie. He is the real ‘Iron Man,’” mentioned Vera.
“As for predictions, I think DJ just has that tremendous cardio, and he’s just an all-around great fighter and great guy. Being the grappler, Adriano can also win by submission.”
“I don’t know who to root for. Eddie the old school veteran, or this young lion who has been training with the best gladiators in the world since he was a kid. Don’t miss this one. I can’t pick a winner,” Vera concluded.
The “ONE on TNT” collection will air each Wednesday within the United States from April 7 for 4 weeks. Each week will embrace a preliminary card digitally streamed solely on the Bleacher Report App and B/R Live from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET, adopted by three predominant card fights televised solely on TNT within the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET. It will likely be out there in Asia through the same old channels.
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