In March 2010, Brandon Vera and Jon Jones first crossed paths. Vera, at the time, was touted as one of the surging names at the UFC’s light heavyweight division, while Jones was an up-and-comer who already had some hype behind him.
Jones ended up beating Vera in decisive fashion via first-round TKO, breaking the latter’s face in multiple places. Since then, the two men went in different paths, towards their respective championship reigns.
Now 41 years of age, the reigning ONE Championship heavyweight titleholder says he is willing to run it back with Jones.
“Man, you know, I would absolutely love to be able to have a match against Mr. Jones again,” Vera told BJPenn.com.
“The Truth”, however, is not too optimistic about it ever happening in ONE Championship, at least.
“With all of this of his problems and troubles, I don’t think he’ll ever be at ONE Championship,” Vera said of Jones. “He’s not our type of material. He’s not martial artist material.
“But he would probably be the one, if I could get a do-over or a genie wish, that would be it.”
Since moving to ONE, Vera has fought just four times in five years. He is currently slated to challenge ONE’s light heavyweight champion Aung La N Sang this October in Tokyo.