brandon vera - updates

Rappler's latest stories on brandon vera


Brandon Vera deems Arjan Bhullar a worthy challenger

May 11, 2020 - 5:22 PM

The ONE Championship heavyweight king will dangle the belt he has been holding since 2015 against Arjan Bhullar

DIVISION KING. Brandon Vera will defend his ONE Championship heavyweight belt for the third time. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

ONE: Adiwang makes impressive debut; Vera, 3 others drop matches

Oct 13, 2019 - 11:15 PM

Lito Adiwang puts together a stellar showing but 4 other Filipinos struggle in ONE Championship: Century

SPECTACULAR. Aung Lang N Sang (left) delivers a stunning TKO of Brandon Vera to retain the ONE light heavyweight world championship. Photo release

Brandon Vera wants shot at ONE light heavyweight title

Nov 24, 2018 - 9:54 AM

'The Truth' seeks to become a two-division world titlist in ONE Championship

RELENTLESS. Brandon Vera sets his sights to more projects. Photo from ONE Championship

Vera retains, Folayang regains at ONE Conquest of Champions

Nov 24, 2018 - 12:09 AM

Brandon Vera needed less than a round, while Eduard Folayang had a unanimous decision in the two title bouts of the ONE Conquest of Champions featuring Filipinos

Returning Brandon Vera 'would rather die' than lose Conquest

Nov 23, 2018 - 9:19 AM

'Am I ready after two years from being away from the center of that ring? Hell, yes,' says MMA champion Brandon Vera

READY. Brandon Vera says he has trained hard for an aggressive striker like Mauro Cerilli. Photo from ONE Championship

Vera, Folayang all set for ONE Conquest of Champions title showdowns

Nov 20, 2018 - 10:24 PM

Brandon Vera returns to the cage after two years while Edward Folayang looks to complete his resurgence

BALANCING ACT. Brandon Vera is confident to defend his ONE Heavyweight title despite juggling training with his acting career. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Returning Vera, Folayang highlight ONE open workout

Nov 18, 2018 - 10:24 PM

Brandon Vera looks to defend his heavyweight crown against Italian champion Mauro Cerilli as Team Lakay pillar Eduard Folayang goes for the vacant lightweight title versus Amir Khan

BETTER THAN EVER. Despite a two-year break, Fili-Am MMA fighter Brandon Vera (left) expects to be in top shape against Italian champion Mauro Cerilli.Photo from ONE Championsip

Brandon Vera to defend ONE heavyweight crown

Oct 26, 2018 - 10:39 AM

'The Truth' faces a tough challenger in Mauro 'The Hammer' Cerilli of Italy in the ONE: Conquest of Champions

TITLE DEFENSE. Mixed martial arts veteran Brandon Vera (right) holds a professional record of 15-7. Photo from ONE Championship

WATCH: Anne Curtis plays a drug enforcement agent in 'Buy Bust'

Dec 27, 2017 - 1:27 PM

Anne stars with Brandon Vera in the movie directed by Erik Matti

WATCH: Anne Curtis, Brandon Vera behind the scenes of 'BuyBust'

Nov 17, 2017 - 1:45 PM

See Anne and Brandon training for the action-packed scenes in Erik Matti's 'BuyBust'

What's next for Brandon Vera? He wants to run for Senate

Dec 03, 2016 - 4:17 PM

The ONE heavyweight champ wants to follow in Manny Pacquiao s shoes but might not be legally able to do so

CHAMP. Brandon Vera has no definite challengers in mind for his next fight but dreams of running for Philippine Senate. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Brandon Vera retains ONE heavyweight title with KO win over Sekine

Dec 02, 2016 - 11:58 PM

Brandon Vera keeps the ONE heavyweight championship belt around his weight with a knockout win at Mall of Asia Arena

HEAVY HANDS. Brandon Vera lands a long left hand against Hideki Sekine as he retains his ONE Championship heavyweight title in his first defense. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Banario wins impressively at ONE: Age of Domination

Dec 02, 2016 - 10:36 PM

Filipino fighter Honario Banario forces Rajinder Singh Meena to tap out to an armbar in two minutes

SUBMISSION. Honorio Banario slaps on the armbar which forced Rajinder Singh Meena to tap in the first round. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Brandon Vera doesn’t want to be the last Filipino heavyweight champion

Dec 02, 2016 - 3:51 PM

Let’s find another heavyweight who could also be a world champion says Brandon Vera

READY. Brandon Vera (R) will defend his ONE Championship heavyweight title for the first time at ONE's 'Age of Domination' fight card. He is seen here with Bibiano Fernandes, ONE bantamweight champion during a press conference. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Brandon Vera defends ONE Championship title against Japanese fighter

Oct 20, 2016 - 7:28 PM

Brandon Vera will defend his ONE heavyweight title vs Hideki Sekine on December 2 in the Philippines

READY TO RUMBLE. Brandon Vera will make his first title defense since knocking out Paul Cheng in December of 2015 to win the title. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Anne Curtis to star in Erik Matti movie with Fil-Am MMA fighter Brandon Vera

Jun 29, 2016 - 8:56 PM

Anne Curtis says she s doing her own stunts in her upcoming movie with Brandon The Truth Vera

ANNE CURTIS AND BRANDON VERA. Anne Curtis is set to star in a movie with Filipino-American MMA fighter Brandon 'The Truth Vera.' Screengrab from Instagram/erikmatti

ONE FC chairman promises big names in next PH event

Jun 22, 2016 - 4:45 PM

Company chairman Chatri Sityodtong reveals ONE Championship is preparing a stacked fight card for its 9th venture to Philippine shores later this year

RETURN TO PH. Brandon Vera, who made history as the first-ever heavyweight world champion in Manila, will return to the Philippines to defend his title. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Brandon Vera ranked No. 189 in UFC’s 200 greatest fighters list

Jun 04, 2016 - 3:13 PM

Brandon Vera joins fellow Filipino American stalwart Mark Muñoz as part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s 200 greatest fighters of all time

Top 10 Philippine MMA moments of 2015

Dec 28, 2015 - 8:38 PM

Rappler lists down the top 10 moments that left an indelible mark on Philippine MMA in 2015

Chi Lewis Parry still under ONE FC contract, says Victor Cui

Dec 14, 2015 - 1:51 PM

He is actually still a signed fighter with us ONE Championship boss Victor Cui confirms Chi Lewis Parry is still under contract

UNDER CONTRACT. MMA fighter Chi Lewis Parry is still under contract with ONE Championship, according to chief Victor Cui. Photo from Chi Lewis Parry's Facebook account

VLOG: Filipinos Brandon Vera, Eugene Toquero victorious at ONE FC's 'Spirit of Champions'

Dec 12, 2015 - 9:30 PM

In the middle of the fightcard a moment of silence is held for fighter Yang Jian Bing who passed away Friday afternoon

Homecourt doesn't always translate to victory for Filipinos in ONE Championship

Dec 12, 2015 - 2:59 PM

Brandon Vera s KO of Paul Cheng was a moment of pride for Filipino fighters but Pinoys haven t always fared as well on their home turf in ONE Championship

CHAMPION. Brandon Vera became ONE's second Filipino champion, following Honorio Banario's featherweight title win in 2013. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Fil-Am Brandon Vera demolishes Paul Cheng in Manila

Dec 12, 2015 - 2:07 PM

Vera scores a vicious knockout while Julaton Striegl suffer defeats at ONE Championship s Spirit of Champions event in Manila

CHAMPION. Brandon Vera hoists the inaugural heavyweight world championship after defeating Paul Cheng. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Knockout loss to Brandon Vera sends Paul Cheng into retirement

Dec 12, 2015 - 10:42 AM

After suffering an excruciating knockout defeat at the hands of Filipino American Brandon Vera Paul Cheng has decided to hang up his gloves for good

RETIRED. Paul Cheng has decided that his fighting career is over. Photo by Josh Abelda/Rappler

Vera destroys Cheng in 26 seconds, becomes first ONE heavyweight champ

Dec 11, 2015 - 11:26 PM

Fil Am fighter Brandon Vera delivers a head kick to Paul Cheng to crown himself heavyweight champ

26 SECONDS. Brandon Vera wins the first-ever heavyweight world championship via knockout of Paul Cheng in 26 seconds. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: ONE: Spirit of Champions

Dec 11, 2015 - 2:37 PM

Go through the highlights ONE Championship s Spirit of Champions event in Manila

Vera, Cheng make weight for ONE Championship title bout

Dec 11, 2015 - 2:21 AM

Vera tipped the scales at 247 5 pounds while Cheng checked in at 250 pounds

WATCH: Vera, Julaton show skills at ONE Championship’s media workout

Dec 10, 2015 - 7:10 PM

Check out how ONE s fighters prepare for their upcoming matches

ONE FC boss admits Paul Cheng was Brandon Vera's back-up foe

Dec 10, 2015 - 3:26 PM

ONE Championship chief Victor Cui confides with Rappler that the working relationship with Chi Lewis Parry started to sour when Parry refused to show up at the kick off press conference this past October

NEW OPPONENT. Brandon Vera will now face Paul Cheng after Chi Lewis Parry withdrew from the ONE Champion title fight. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Paul Cheng pumped for ONE FC title fight vs Brandon Vera

Dec 10, 2015 - 10:30 AM

Paul Cheng says he s ready to face Brandon Vera in the main event of Spirit of Champions despite being named the challenger on just 72 hours notice

READY TO GO. Paul Cheng says the short notice is no issue for him, despite being inactive for a year. Photo from Paul Cheng's Facebook

WATCH: Vera sends harsh message to Parry for withdrawing from fight

Dec 09, 2015 - 12:03 PM

Brandon Vera holds no shots back as he insults Parry for backing out of their fight

NO HOLDS BARRED. Brandon Vera's lates video clip is a must-watch. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Parry pulls out of ONE FC title fight vs Vera; Cheng to replace

Dec 08, 2015 - 10:51 PM

Brandon Vera will now face Paul Cheng at ONE Championship Spirit of Champions in Manila

NEW OPPONENT. Brandon Vera will now face Paul Cheng after Chi Lewis Parry withdrew from the ONE Champion title fight. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

ONE FC fighters strut wares at media workout

Dec 08, 2015 - 2:35 PM

Three high profile ONE fighters give a preview of their current shape and conditioning

Vera promises long, painful night for Parry in ONE FC title fight

Oct 29, 2015 - 1:08 PM

Fil Am fighter Brandon Vera wants to make British fighter Chi Lewis Parry pay for accusing him of ducking the fight

NO MORE MR. NICE GUY. Brandon Vera isn't playing nice after his British opponent called him out. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Striegl, Julaton booked for ONE FC Manila event in December

Oct 28, 2015 - 4:20 PM

Mark Striegl faces Jordan Lucas in a 3 round bantamweight bout while former boxing world champion Ana Julaton will meet Irina Mazepa

RUMBLE IN MANILA. Filipino fighters Mark Striegl (L) and Brandon Vera (R) pose with ONE CEO Victor Cui (C). The two men will do battle in separate fights in Manila. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Vera, Parry to face off at ONE FC Manila press conference

Oct 13, 2015 - 12:37 PM

Before Brandon Vera and Chi Lewis Parry set foot inside the ONE Championship cage both heavyweights will see eye to eye at a press conference

THE TRUTH. Fil-Am MMA fighter Brandon Vera will meet face-to-face with British big man Chi Lewis Parry. File photo by Paolo Seen/Rappler

Vera, Parry battle for inaugural ONE Championship heavyweight belt

Aug 27, 2015 - 12:37 PM

The inaugural ONE Championship heavyweight belt will be on the line when Brandon Vera meets Chi Lewis Parry on December 11

DONE DEAL. Brandon Vera signed the contract to fight Chi Lewis Parry this December. File photo from Brandon Vera's Facebook account

WATCH: Brandon Vera signs contract to face Chi Lewis Parry

Aug 21, 2015 - 7:00 PM

You asked me You got me I got the contract in front of me and I am signing this bad boy I feel bad for you son Vera says in a video he posted on Facebook

DONE DEAL. Brandon Vera signed the contract to fight Chi Lewis Parry this December. Photo from Brandon Vera's Facebook account

Vera picks Pacquiao to win over Mayweather

Apr 24, 2015 - 3:22 PM

Brandon Vera says Manny Pacquiao has the speed and power to win over Floyd Mayweather

PACQUIAO WIN. Fil-Am MMA fighter Brandon Vera believes Manny Pacquiao's speed and power gives him the edge over Mayweather. Vera photo from his Facebook page, Pacquiao photo by EPA

Vera ready to fight Parry in ONE FC

Apr 24, 2015 - 2:26 PM

I am willing to fight anyone here in ONE Championship including Chi Lewis Parry I will suit up for a fight anytime and anywhere says Brandon Vera

NOT DUCKING. Brandon Vera says he's willing to fight Chi Lewis Parry. Photo from Vera's Facebook page

ONE FC: Chi Lewis Parry calls out Brandon Vera

Feb 25, 2015 - 11:05 AM

If you’re still in the game for glory and not just the money then accept the fight It’s that simple

CHALLENGE. Chi Lewis Parry sends an open invitation to Brandon Vera to face him inside the octagon. Parry photo from his Facebook page. Vera photo by Paolo Seen/Rappler

ONE FC: Igor Subora vows to come back strong

Jan 20, 2015 - 3:57 PM

Heavyweight fighter Igor Subora remains optimistic that he will put himself back on the winning track after losing his ONE FC debut

Igor Subora vows to bounce back from his ONE FC loss to Brandon Vera. Photo from Subora's Facebook

2014: A roller coaster ride for Philippine MMA

Dec 27, 2014 - 11:25 AM

The Philippine MMA scene in 2014 was witness to heartbreaking losses and scintillating victories

Brandon Vera KOs Subora in ONE FC debut

Dec 06, 2014 - 12:02 AM

Former UFC star Brandon Vera made a successful debut in the ONE FC knocking out Igor Subora in one round at the Warrior s Way event

VERAFIED STAR. Brandon Vera (R) stalks Igor Subora (L) during their ONE FC heavyweight match. Photo by Jaelle Nevin Reyes

ONE FC fighter Igor Subora credits success to PH MMA scene

Nov 14, 2014 - 11:41 AM

Ukranian Igor Subora first arrived in the Philippines in 2007 left but came back for good in 2008 to build his MMA career

Igor Subora has spent last 6 years in PH building his MMA Career. Photo from Subora's Facebook profile

Brandon Vera will make ONE FC debut vs Igor Subora

Oct 30, 2014 - 3:11 PM

Filipino American fighter Brandon Vera will face Igor Subora in his ONE Fighting Championship on December 5

Brandon Vera wants to become ONE FC's first heavyweight champion. File photo by Josh Albelda

Brandon Vera seeks career rebirth with One FC

Sep 06, 2014 - 6:48 PM

Fil Am fighter Brandon Vera will be looking to resurrect his career with Asia s premier MMA organization when he debuts for the promotion in December

THE TRUTH. Fil-Am MMA fighter Brandon Vera will be taking his talents to Manila in December. Photo by Paolo Seen/Rappler

Brandon Vera set for One FC debut in December

Sep 04, 2014 - 5:44 AM

I always wanted to fight in Manila said Brandon Vera who will get the chance to do just that after signing with One FC

VERA READY TO FIGHT. Fil-Am fighter Brandon Vera (L) and former UFC fighter turned One FC vice president Rich Franklin. Photo by Mikael Ona

Onassis Parungao: the first Filipino MMA fighter

Aug 27, 2014 - 3:13 AM

Lear more about Onassis Parungao a Filipino MMA fighter who made his successful debut in the UFC in 1995

Onassis Parungao was the first Filipino fighter to compete in the UFC, having made his debut in 1995. Photo from Parungao

Manny Pacquiao purchases shares in One FC

Aug 04, 2014 - 2:40 PM

Eight division boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has purchased an undisclosed amount of shares in the Singapore based MMA company One FC

One FC CEO Victor Cui (L) and Manny Pacquiao (R) are now business partners in the MMA business. Photo courtesy of One FC