One Heavyweight Champion Brandon Vera has spent the last five-plus years competing in One Championship.
The fighter was once a member of the UFC roster, but Vera calls signing with One Championship the smartest business decision he ever made.
“I would say it was not only the smartest business decision of my career, it was one of the healthiest decisions I made in my life,” Vera said to Bloody Elbow. “It’s like when you go to a gym and you’re trying to make it work, but it’s really just a toxic environment where everyone is trying to party and hangout. It’s under the cover of being a healthy gym. You really want to get good, you really like the guys, but it’s just not a healthy environment.”
Vera spent nearly eight years competing in the UFC, picking up notable wins over Justin Eilers, Frank Mir, Krzysztof Soszynski and Eliot Marshall.
While Vera may not be competing anytime soon due to the coronavirus pandemic, one thing the fighter will do is become a father.
“It’s almost like a camp, 12 weeks,” he said. “We’ve talked about it. It’s part of the gig. What can you do? Just roll with the punches. We’re staying as safe as we can, making sure we practice everything safely as we can. You can’t not live life.”
There is no word yet on when Vera will fight again, but the fighter hasn’t picked up a victory in nearly two years.