A month after his UFC firing went public, Brandon Vera has found a new home. MMAFighting passed along word yesterday that the 36-year-old striker has been signed by ONE FC, and will make his promotional debut later this year against an opponent to be named later.
Known to most MMA fans as “that weird promotion in Singapore or whatever?”, ONE FC has made news in recent months by changing its rules to allow soccer-kicks and knees to the head of a grounded opponent during fights, and hiring Rich Franklin as Vice President of Crowd Participation. The promotion has also continued to stack its roster with internationally-known stars; ONE FC 19: Reign of Champions (August 29th, Dubai) will feature Shinya Aoki, Ben Askren, and Roger Huerta.
So, will Vera follow in Phil Baroni’s footsteps and soccer kick his way to victory, or will the unfamiliar rule-set cause problems for “The Truth”? Honestly, it kind of depends on who they throw at him first. Then again, kicking a dude in the head isn’t rocket science, I guess. We’ll keep you posted.