Reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon "The Truth" Vera will have his hands full when he finally meets Indian wrestling machine Arjan "Singh" Bhullar.
After all the delays because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the clash of titans will finally happen in the main event of the previously recorded ONE: DANGAL, which airs from the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday, May 15, on One Sports.
"I'm excited and I'm nervous. I've been thinking about Arjan Bhullar for a long time. I'm excited to finally be able to have our contest," Vera told ONEFC.com.
"I respect Arjan - I'm giving him more respect than anybody else that I've faced because he's the one standing in front of me. I want to find out what he's got, I want to see how well he can take [what I've got], and I want to see if he can move with me."
What Bhullar brings to the table is his world-class wrestling, having won gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and bronze at the 2007 Pan American Games.
But it will certainly be foolish to count Vera out when the match becomes a grappling contest, as "The Truth" is no pushover on the canvas.
Before being known as a devastating striker, Vera started as a wrestler in the U.S. Military. He then worked with famed Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach Lloyd Irvin, where he eventually earned a black belt in the discipline.
With that said, Vera doesn't mind pulling out old tricks in his upcoming match if need be.
"I have not trained as much wrestling or as much groundwork as I have since I've been here, so if we end up on the ground, then my ground game is there," Vera said.
"It's not something that everyone talks about, but I've trained with the best people in the entire world. From Dean Lister to the Ribeiro brothers, to Lloyd Irvin to Mike Fowler to Renzo Gracie, too. The list goes on and on.
"My jiu-jitsu is underrated because I don't really like to be on the ground or looking for submissions. I'd much rather be on my feet trying to finish it, but if it goes to the ground, let's see. Maybe I'll pull it out. Maybe I'll just get back to my feet. I don't know. We'll find out when we get there."
"The Truth" knows Bhullar also poses different threats aside from his wrestling, but he insists that the Indian-Canadian behemoth has holes in his game and he's not revealing them just yet.
"If you want to see his weaknesses, you just have to watch the event," Vera said.