Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times

Mixed Martial Arts

Vera plans to expose Bhullar’s flaws on ONE: Dangal

Reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera is ready to face the toughest challenge in ONE Championship so far. The 43-year-old mixed martial arts veteran returns to the Circle for the first time since suffering a second-round TKO loss to Aung La N Sang at light heavyweight in October 2019.

This time, Vera faces Indian wrestling champion Arjan “Singh” Bhullar with his ONE Heavyweight World Title on the line. The two men square off in the headline bout at ONE: DANGAL, a tape-delayed event from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore that airs on Saturday, 15 May.

The Filipino-American veteran appears in supreme condition heading into this matchup. He’s also looking to turn in a vintage performance.

“As a fighter, I think Arjan is one of the top athletes that ONE Championship has. He’s got a great wrestling background. His boxing is amazing. He’s got a dangerous overhand right. We’ve been training for him. We’ve been watching film. We all watch film together like once or twice, take notes and drill, drill, drill, go over counters, go over offense,” Vera said.

“We just train for Arjan. He’s got great head movement. He doesn’t mind staying in the pocket. If you get close to him, he’ll grab your leg and take you down. He’ll ground-and-pound you. He’s got a lot of gas in the tank. He’s definitely a dangerous opponent.”

Bhullar is a Commonwealth Games Wrestling Gold Medalist and has been a martial artist his whole life. Tracing his roots to Billi Bhullar village in the Jalandhar district of the North Indian state of Punjab, Bhullar is based out of Canada and even represented the country at the 2012 London Olympics.

#ReadMore  Vera defends heavyweight crown vs Bhullar on ONE: Dangal

After competing in the UFC, Bhullar joined ONE Championship in October 2019, defeating former ONE World Title challenger Mauro Cerilli.

“Yes, I think there are weaknesses in his game. Am I going to tell you? No. If you want to see his weaknesses, you just have to watch the event. See what I do,” Vera said, before breaking down what he believes Bhullar’s game plan would be heading into this matchup.

“He’s going to try and take me down, then wearing me out on the ground. Ground-and-pound and box with me a little bit. Try to rinse and repeat. Try to do that until he gasses me out across five rounds. I think that’s his game plan. Touch and move, look for his takedown, move and box some more, then ground-and-pound.”

Vera has made it no secret that he plans on striking with his Indian foe and finishing him on the feet. “The Truth” has shifted his training camp from the Philippines to Sanford MMA in Florida, a move that saw him train extensively with renowned coach Henri Hooft for this all-important world title defense.

“I’m back to the Dutch Kickboxing, with Henri Hooft. That is something amazing. You can see that when I first started my career, when I was training with a Dutch Kickboxer,” Vera said.

“The most prominent thing that I have gained out of this training camp, and it’s going to be really weird, I see everything right now. I can see everything when I’m in front of somebody. That hasn’t happened in a while, so I’m excited about what I can see with Arjan.”

Written By

You May Also Like

Mixed Martial Arts

After two decades as a professional mixed martial artist, Brandon Vera removed his gloves and left them in the middle of the ONE Championship...

Mixed Martial Arts

The ivory-clad walls of the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City and the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila have countless stories to tell...

Mixed Martial Arts

ONE 164: Pacio vs. Brooks, which goes down on 3 December, just got more massive – literally and figuratively. The big names just keep...

Mixed Martial Arts

After 19 months, former ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera will make his return. And there’s no other place to do it than in...

Mixed Martial Arts

Former ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera has been waiting for his chance to return to the Circle and prove he still...

Mixed Martial Arts

South Korean Kang Ji Won has rapidly built a reputation as an upset machine in ONE Championship. Since joining the Singapore-based martial arts organization,...


Only two of the 16 global candidates remain — and in the finale of “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition”, the world will find out...

Mixed Martial Arts

Brandon “The Truth” Vera felt disappointed with the manner his five-year reign as ONE Heavyweight World Champion ended, Saturday evening during ONE: Dangal in...