Former heavyweight champion Brandon Vera will re-enter the ONE Championship cage on Dec. 3 for his first fight in over a year, facing Amir Aliakbari in the main card portion of ONE 164 in Manila, Philippines, the company announced.
ONE 164 is headlined by Joshua Pacio, champion who will put his strawweight title up against Jarred Brooks (UFC, Bellator, RIZIN)
Vera (16-9) hasn’t won a bout since November 2018, when he finished Mauro Cerilli in just 64 seconds to retain the heavyweight belt. “The Truth” went 4-0 in the company before losing in title bouts to Aung La N Sang and Arjan Bhullar in 2019 and 2021.
Aliakbari (11-3) finished Cerilli this past August to score his first ONE victory after dropping his initial bouts opposite Ji Won Kang and Anatoly Malykhin. After multiple sanctions in 2013,, the International Wrestling Federation banned Iran’s wrestler for life. He was briefly connected to UFC deals in 2019. However, he was released soon after because of his doping history.
Aliakbari won victories over Heath Herring, and the future Bellator interim champion Valentin Moldavsky in the early stages of his career within the RIZIN ring. He joined ONE after he had already defeated Heath Herring.
Check the complete ONE 164 here.
Joshua Pacio vs. Jarred Brooks
Superlek Kiatmoo9 vs. Panpayak Jitmuangnon
Brandon Vera vs. Amir Aliakbari
Geje Eustaquio vs. Hu Yong
Jeremy Pacatiw vs. Tial Thang
Tagir Khalilov vs. Chorfah Tor.Santiennoi
Philippines Winner vs. Drex Zamboanga
Lara Fernandez vs. Dangkongfah Banchamek
Jasur Mirzamukhamedov vs. Oumar Kane
Jenelyn Olsim vs. Meng Bo