Fil-Am MMA fighter Brandon Vera open to running for office in Quezon province
"I would want to make something happen in my family’s province,” says Fil-American MMA fighter Brandon Vera. Jerome Ascano

ADD Brandon Vera to the growing list of athletes who are eyeing a future in politics.

The Filipino-American mixed martial arts star is contemplating on running for a local position in his father’s hometown, Tagakawayan, Quezon.

“I would be in the province, for sure,” Vera said. “I wouldn’t want to be in the city. I would want to make something happen in my family’s province.”

The 38-year-old Vera has spent most of his life in Norfolk, Virginia, but of late has been a frequent visitor to the Philippines after the former UFC campaigner signed last year with ONE, Asia’s largest MMA organization that has Manila as one its stops.

The 6-foot-2 fighter banners ONE: Spirit of Champions on December 11 at the Mall of Asia Arena where he collides with Chi Lewis Parry for the heavyweight title.

But Vera noted it could be a while before the plan to go into politics takes shape. The deadline for local and national candidacy filing for next year’s elections passed two weeks ago.

Aside from politics, Vera is also interested in showbiz after he retires from MMA, not to mention being a coach to local fighters.

“I would love to (act),” the accommodating Vera said. “I admire my actor friends, who can work at a shooting for twenty-eight hours straight.” 

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