Former UFC fighter and former ONE Heavyweight Champion Brandon Vera is staying busy in retirement with a new acting career in the Philippines and already has a lead role in an upcoming horror film.
The 45-year-old fighter, who called it a career in 2022, recently signed a 10-picture deal, with his latest offering coming in the film Day Zerowhich is expected to be released digitally on May 23.
The first clip for the film was released via Bloody Disgusting shows Vera plowing through zombies with various weapons in an action-packed scene. Here is the synopsis of the movie:
“After eight years in prison without incident, a former elite soldier (Vera) is released, finally free to reunite with his estranged wife and young daughter. However, he re-enters civilization only to discover that the outside world has been completely overtaken by a dangerous virus with terrifying effects on the human body. Hunted by hordes of undead, he races through the dangerous urban landscape in a final, desperate bid to redeem himself and save his family.”
Day Zero Directed by Joey De Guzman with Pepe Herrera, MJ Lastimosa, Joey Marquez and Ricci Rivero joining Vera as co-stars.
Vera transitioned into acting after hanging up his gloves after a long career that began in 2002. He made an immediate impact when he first joined the UFC roster and stated his plans to become a two-division champion, but unfortunately he never found that success level.
After leaving the UFC, Vera signed with ONE Championship, where he became the heavyweight champion until losing his belt to Arjan Bhullar in 2021. After suffering a loss in his next fight against Amir Aliakbari, Vera announced his retirement, with plans to focus fully on acting.
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