ONE Championship: Heavyweight Champ Brandon Vera has Folayang retaining over Aoki
Santino Honasan on Mar 31, 2019 07:38 AM
ONE Heavyweight World champion Brandon Vera gives his picks for the four world title bouts on deck at ONE: A New Era in Tokyo, Japan
ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon "The Truth" Vera isn't scheduled to compete on ONE: A New Era, ONE Championship's biggest fight card ever to honor their debut in Japan, but that doesn't mean that he'll be missing out on the huge martial arts action!
Vera, who's looking forward to be in the crowd at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on event night, also gave his picks for the four world title bouts on deck at ONE: A New Era.
For the ONE Lightweight World Championship rematch between Team Lakay's Eduard Folayang and Shinya Aoki, "The Truth" is pretty confident that the Filipino MMA icon will be heading back home to the Philippines with the belt still in his hands:
"I think this battle of the titans is going to be an epic one. These guys are both amazing athletes and competitors, they both always show up in shape.
Eduard has something to prove. He wants the whole world to know that it wasn’t a fluke the very first time he fought Shinya, and Shinya wants to show the world that it was a fluke, that he is deserving of the world title crown, and deserves to be sitting in that throne.
Shinya is a legend, and I don’t know what the odds are, the numbers, and if you break all the statistics down, the stats, including experience and everything, he’s probably the winner on paper, but I am going with Mr. Eduard Folayang."
As for the ONE Bantamweight World Championship bout between Team Lakay's Kevin Belingon and long-time champion Bibiano Fernandes, Vera is a little torn, but says that he's rooting for the Pinoy striker:
"I see that fight being an all-out war. I see those guys coming in shape, both of them having points to prove, having to put an exclamation point this match that they’re going to have.
I’m Pinoy, so I’m always rooting for our fellow kababayan. Bibi is family, he stays at the house, we talk all the time, so I’m torn, you know, it’s like asking me ‘Which one’s your favorite cousin?’, diba ang hirap nun?
For our kababayan, I’m hoping that Mr. Belingon brings it home, but as far as a family member and a fan, I just hope that both guys realize their full potential and unleash everything that they have, walk away with no questions unanswered."
Check out the rest of his picks here:
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