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    Fil-Am MMA fighter Brandon Vera open to running for office in Quezon province

    Oct 29, 2015
    "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.

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    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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