Two years after locking horns, Vera joins Subora in training

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By Ivan Saldajeno

LOS BAÑOS—Many "Rocky" franchise were probably intrigued seeing Sylvester Stallone's iconic Rocky Balboa character teaming up with Carl Weather's Apollo Creed in the third and the fourth installments considering how the creatives developed their rivalry in the first two movies.

However, a real-life example of the Balboa-Creed partnership happened in MMA.

One Championship light heavyweight fighter Igor Subora revealed that he trained alongside Brandon Vera for his match at One: Quest for Power on Saturday in Jakarta.

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Considering that they fought in a heavyweight battle in Pasay in 2014, only a few would have foreseen both fighters teaming up in training.

But that was indeed the case for both Vera and Subora last year ahead of the latter's debut as a light heavyweight.

“At that time, he was preparing for his title defense. Meanwhile, I was cross training for my upcoming bout. He reached out, which I saw as a great opportunity,” he shared.

Subora, who lives and trains out of Manila, is grateful for the help that he received from Vera, who is now the reigning One Heavyweight World Champion.

“Brandon is a nice guy. I wish that we could train more often together. We are now friends, not foes. I guess that’s the good thing about mixed martial arts. You might be foes inside the cage. But after the fight and outside the cage, it’s different,” he stated.

Aside from Vera, Subora also worked with fellow One Championship competitor Mark Striegl as well as the Filipino champion’s close friend and teammate AJ Matthews.

Subora believes his time with Vera, Striegl, and Matthews was beneficial for his match against Sherif Mohamed.

“Training with them helped me a lot. They taught me a lot. Now, I am excited to get back in the cage and showcase my newly-acquired skills. The world will see the new Igor Subora,” he said.

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