Filipino-American ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera, 42, is spending much needed quality time with his wife Jessica Renee Craven Vera and their first child Atreyu Timothy Craven Vera in Guam amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. At the same time, ONE Championship has been adding new fighters in its heavyweight division.
On July 31, 2020, EVOLVE Mixed Martial Arts announced that Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida, 30, of São Paulo, Brazil has joined the EVOLVE Fight Team, which is based in Singapore. A 13-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion, he has 128 victories and 13 losses in his grappling career.
“It’s a very welcome challenge,” Brandon said. “My grappling and jiu-jitsu lineage is full of schools of hard knocks from Master Lloyd Irvin to Dean Lister to Andre Galvao, my catch-wrestling coach Neil Melanson and everyone in between. I’m very confident in my jiu-jitsu capabilities.”
After hearing the news of Almeida’s signing, Vera said he felt extra motivated to get right to work. One look at the Brazilian fighter’s list of achievements on the mats can make anyone starstruck as the amount of gold medals and world championship he has won is blinding.
As a grappler, Almeida has 128 victories and 13 losses in his grappling career and now, he is making the shift to the ONE Championship, which has fans from both the grappling and mixed martial arts worlds excited. Vera knows exactly the type of monster he could be up against should he meet Almeida in the the Singapore-based martial arts organization.
As the reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion, Brandon has successfully defended his belt twice. He knocked out Hideki Sekine in 2016 and Mauro Cerilli in 2018.
After a failed bid at light heavyweight against “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 34, of Myanmar, Vera is excited to get back and continue his reign of dominance in his natural weight class. With the possibility of facing Almeida down the line, the ONE Championship Heavyweight World Champion is confident his jiu-jitsu can hang with the world’s best and that his overall skills will guide him through if he works hard enough.
Though nothing has been finalized as of the moment, Brandon is expected to make his next title defense against Arjan Bhullar of India, another worthy name in the mix. That bout could come later this year or in early 2021.
One thing is certain. ONE Championship’s heavyweight division is looking very deep right now and Brandon suddenly has a myriad of tough matchups he could possibly face.
Aside from Brandon, Almeida, Cerilli and Bhullar, there are currently five other fighters in ONE Championship’s heavyweight division namely Alain Ngalani, Alexandre Machado, Amir Aliakbari, Myung Hyun Man and Anatoly Malykhin. Read more about this on Conan Daily.