Brandon Vera talks about the two opponents he would have liked to face before his retirement

ONE on Prime Video 5 marked the end of Brandon Vera’s career.

At 45 years of age, the Filipino-American closed his chapter as an active MMA fighter when he was finished in one round by TKO at the hands of Iran’s Amir Aliakbari.

A professional since 2002, the first doble champion in ONE Championship history only regrets not having competed against two fighters: former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski and who many see as the best in the history of the division, Fedor Emelianenko.

 “There’s two fighters that I wish I would have shared and sweat with and go to work with,” said Vera to MMA Junkie Radio. “One would have been Andrei Arlovski, and then the other one would have been Fedor in his prime. Those two would have been on my list.”

And about his retirement, beyond the defeats, Vera blamed the injuries he constantly suffered.

 “For me, it was time,” Vera said. “I went 0-3. Amir got that finish. I broke my damn hand again. I’m tired of having injuries. I’m tired of having broken bones. I’m tired of that part of the sacrifice for this sport. I’m willing to do all the other sacrifices, but not being able to use my body the way I want – I think I’m over that hump now.”

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