Filipino-American Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Brandon “The Truth” Vera aims to bring his MMA gym in the country to develop young and talented fighters in Asia.
Vera, the reigning ONE Championship heavyweight world champion, owns the Alliance MMA – the home of a number of professional MMA fighters in the United States who have found success in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), World Extreme Cagefighting, Strikeforce and Bellator.
“It’s time for Asia to extend hands in MMA. Soon, I will bring the Alliance MMA training center here to the Philippines,” said the 38-year old Vera, who is fresh from beating Chinese Paul Cheng in the ONE: Spirit of Champions held in Manila.
The other Alliance notable fighters are current UFC lightweight title contender Ryan Brader, first Bellator light heavyweight Grand Prix champion Phil Davis and former Bellator three-time lightweight champion Michael Chandler.
“Lahat ng mga Pinoy, Fight Philippines,” Vera said.
Besides the Philippines, Vera is planning to open another gym in Guam.
Vera won the heavyweight world title by stopping Cheng in 26 seconds with his left hook followed by a powerful kick. He then unleashed a flurry of hammer fists against the Chinese fighter to claim the inaugural ONE heavyweight world title.