The Filipino-American athlete drops a division in an attempt to wrestle away Aung La N Sang’s ONE Light Heavyweight World Title to become a two-division World Champion.
As tough as the plot sounds, the Alliance Training Center standout reveals that his life in the United States Air Force instilled a belief and several values in him, which he will bring to Tokyo, Japan this Sunday, 13 October.
“Look at what I do for a living now — I’m a World Champion,” the 41-year-old said.
“Imagine how much energy and time it has taken to get to this point, so think of all of the bad stuff I could have gotten into if I wasn’t pushed in the right direction.”
Vera experienced several life-changing moments during his time in the United States Air Force, which included an opportunity to train full-time at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado.
Everything was going well for the warrior until a severe injury in 1999 forced him to put his career on hold.
Not one to quit, Vera then decided to pursue a career in martial arts. Though he missed his time in the military, the several traits he picked up allowed him to settle into his new life with ease.
“In my training and my life, the military gave me discipline,” he said.
“When I’m talking about discipline, I’m talking about when you’re doing the things you’re supposed to be doing, even though you know 100 percent nobody is going to check up on it — whether it is pushing yourself in training, or not eating the chocolate because you’re making weight.”
“I understand what my job is. I understand what’s needed and what’s at stake. I am very thankful that I learned all of that at a young stage in my life.”
Those lessons earned “The Truth” 11 knockouts from 16 wins.
And at ONE: CENTURY PART II, he adds that he will champion a bigger cause.
“It’s more than you — you become a part of the whole,” Vera said.
“I’m just a part of the whole, and I need to make sure that what I’m doing and what I put out there is good for everyone else.”
Will “The Truth” catch “The Burmese Python” in front of the millions watching worldwide this Sunday?
The Home Of Martial Arts will break new ground as it brings multiple World Title bouts, a trio of World Grand Prix Championship Finals, and several World Champion versus World Champion matches to the famous Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on 13 October.
Catch all the action of CENTURY PART I on Astro Arena at 8:00am Malaysia Time (MYT) on Sunday, 13 October. The main card starts at 11:00am MYT.
CENTURY PART II gets underway at 4:00pm Malaysia Time (MYT) on Astro Super Sports 2. All the main card action will continue on that channel, but RTM TV2 will cut to the live broadcast at 7:30pm MYT. Also, the show will air via special delay on Astro Arena at 11:30pm MYT.