Brandon Vera retires after losing to Iran’s Amir Aliakbari at ‘ONE 164’ in Pasay City, Philippines

“The Truth” Brandon Vera, 45, of the Philippines and the United States has announced his retirement as a professional mixed martial artist. He is one of the only two Filipino MMA fighters who competed in both ONE Championship and the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Born in Norfolk, Virginia, United States to a Filipino mother and an Italian mother, Vera attended Lake Taylor High School and Old Dominion University, which are both in Norfolk. He made his professional MMA debut on July 6, 2022.

Brandon Vera (©Alvin Berto)
Brandon Vera (©Alvin Berto)

Vera was one of the Filipino fighters on the card of “ONE 164“, which was held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on December 3, 2022. He fought Amir Aliakbari, 34, of Shahriar, Tehran, Iran in the heavyweight division.

Herb Dean served as the referee. He stopped the heavyweight contest after 3 minutes and 37 seconds in the first round and raised the hand of Aliakbari, who won via technical knockout via elbows and punches.

“You just witnessed The Truth’s very last fight in MMA,” Vera announced inside the ONE Championship cage right after the loss. “I wish I could’ve gone out on a win. I broke my damn hand again!”

“I love you all,” Vera continued. “Thank you for everything you’ve given me, MMA, ONE Championship. I’ll be around.”

The loss downgraded Vera’s professional MMA record to 16 wins, 10 losses and 1 No Contest. On the other hand, Aliakbari now has 12 wins and 3 losses.


When Vera made his ONE Championship debut at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on December 5, 2014, he defeated Igor Subora via technical knockout. On December 11, 2015, Vera became ONE Championship’s first ever heavyweight champion by knocking out Paul Cheng.

Vera successfully defended the ONE Heavyweight World Championship belt from Hideki Sekine on December 2, 2016 and Mauro Cerilli on November 23, 2018. Vera unsuccessfully challenged then reigning ONE Light Heavyweight Champion Aung La N Sang on October 13, 2019 and lost the ONE Heavyweight World Championship title to Arjan Bhullar on April 28, 2021.


When Vera made his UFC debut on October 3, 2005 at “UFC Fight Night 2“, he defeated Fabiano Scherner via technical knockout. It was his fourth professional MMA bout.

Including Scherner, Vera defeated 10 UFC opponents. The other are Justin Eilers, Assuerio Silva, Frank Mir, Reese Andy, Michael Patt, Krzysztof Soszynski and Eliot Marshall.

From 2007 to 2013, Vera lost to five UFC opponents namely Tim Sylvia, Fabricio Werdum, Keith Jardine, Randy Couture and Jon Jones. Vera’s fight against Thiago Silva at “UFC 125” on January 1, 2011 ended in a No Contest.

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