ONE Championship: Light Heavyweight Championship in the crosshairs of Brandon Vera
Santino Honasan on Nov 27, 2018 03:47 PM
"Iíve asked to fight again, October of next year in Japan, and Iíve asked to fight whoever is holding the light heavyweight title, thatís who I want to fight next," - Brandon Vera
Brandon Vera made a successful return to the cage at ONE: Conquest of Champions last Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Vera needed only 64 seconds to take out challenger Mauro Cerilli and retain his ONE Heavyweight World Championship.
It was his first bout back since December of 2016, and his extended absence was due to a number of commitments outside the cage.
Now, following his second successful world title defense, it looks like Vera's got even more stufff outside the cage to tend to.
Speaking to the media following his dominant win, Vera revealed that he's got more projects in the pipeline.
"Pag-baba ko sa ring, nakausap ko yung management group, and we already have three movies on the books, two here and one in Hong Kong and here," he said.
Before a collective groan from the media could form, Vera promised that this time around, he wouldn't be gone for another two years.
"They’re not going to be two years, I promise, I’ll never be away that long again, promise na promise ako," Vera vowed.
In fact, the reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion has already asked for a fight, and by all accounts, it should be a super fight.
"I’ve asked to fight again, October of next year in Japan, and I’ve asked to fight whoever is holding the light heavyweight title, that’s who I want to fight next," he stated. "Right now it’s Aung La [N Sang], he’s an amazing athlete. If you don’t know Aung La, you don’t know what you’re talking about here. That’s who I’ve asked to fight next."
Vera already mentioned his intentions of challenging for the ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship back in the promotion's press conference in Japan back in August.
It becomes a brand new test for Vera, who hasn't competed at light heavyweight since 2012.
"I continue to want to challenge myself and find the best athletes in the world to compete against, until my body doesn’t want to do it anymore."
"My brain is always going to want to do this forever, but my body, I figure maybe five more years, maybe," he continued.
Can the 41-year old Vera add "two-division world champion" to his list of accolades before his calls it a career?