MMA: Will Brandon Vera’s lack of cage activity put him at a disadvantage?

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 03 2019 09:29 PM

Brandon Vera celebrates after retaining his ONE world heavyweight title in a previous bout. File photo/George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

ONE heavyweight champion Brandon Vera has fought only 4 times since joining the Asian-based promotion in 2014.

That's why Aung La N Sang, the 2-division title-holder and reigning ONE light heavyweight champion, sees this lack of cage activity as his advantage against the Filipino-American fighter.

“I’ve probably seen more fights in ONE Championship in the last year than him probably in his last 3 years. That's going to be my edge,” said N Sang on Friday, after helping out Aussie-fighter Martin Nguyen retain his ONE featherweight crown against Japan’s Koyomi Matsushima.

Vera has been engaged in a lot of commitments outside fighting and these include his new found showbiz career.

Vera will be heading to the light heavyweight division to challenge the Burmese champion in October in Japan in a bid to become a 2-division champion.

N Sang is 2 inches shorter than Vera, but it doesn’t matter to the defending champion.

“We have a lot of training partners, so it's not an issue. I have guys his size, I have guys heavier than him, I spar with them, train with them on a daily basis so that shouldn't be a problem,” said N Sang.

In fact, he welcomes the bout. 

“I'm a big fan of Brandon Vera so it gives me a lot of motivation,” said N Sang.

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