Brandon Vera will make the third defence of his heavyweight title at ONE: ‘Dangal’ on May 15th. The Fil-Am fighter will face fellow UFC veteran Arjan Bhullar at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Vera (16-8-0-1) suffered the first defeat of his post UFC career at ONE: ‘Century’ last October. He was stopped by Aung La Nsang in the second round of their light heavyweight title fight.
However he remains the heavyweight champion. Vera won the belt by beating Paul Cheng in 2015 and has successfully defended it against both Mauro Cerilli and Hideki Sekine.
Bhullar (10-1) was also in action at ONE: ‘Century’. He faced former title challenger Cerilli on his promotional debut and won the fight by unanimous decision, earning an immediate title shot.
Vera fought 16 times for the UFC. He won eight of those bouts and lost seven with one declared a ‘no contest’ while facing the likes of Randy Couture, Jon Jones, Mauricio Rua, Fabricio Werdum, Tim Sylvia and Frank Mir.
Bhullar does not have quite as many big names on his resume but he is nine years younger than Vera. The Canadian fought three times for the UFC, winning two of those bouts.
The event will also feature an atomweight bout pitting Ritu Phogat (4-0) against Bi Nguyen (5-6). In the flyweight division Gary Mangat (15-3) has been matched with Roshan Mainam (6-2).
ONE: ‘Dangal’, Singapore, May 15th
Brandon Vera (c) vs. Arjan Bhullar (For heavyweight title)
Ritu Phogat vs. Bi Nguyen (Atomweight)
Gary Mangat vs. Roshan Mainam (Flyweight)