ONE FC has announced the latest signing to its expanding roster. Recently released UFC veteran Brandon Vera has signed with the organization. His ONE FC debut set to take place later this year.

The Asian-based promotion announced the signing via Twitter on Sunday.

Vera, who suffered back-to-back losses in the UFC prior to being let go by the promotion, is likely to be used to bolster ONE FC’s light heavyweight division. However, Vera, who has 16 UFC bouts under his belt, has also competed at heavyweight.

Vera made his UFC debut in 2005 as a heavyweight and won his first four fights with the promotion. His fourth UFC win came against Frank Mir and earned Vera a shot at the UFC title, but a contract dispute prevented Vera from challenging for the belt. When he did return to action, he suffered his first and second career losses, prompting a move to light heavyweight, where he went 4-4 with one no-contest. He returned to the heavyweight division in 2013, but fell via TKO against Ben Rothwell. With just one win in six bouts dating back to late 2009, Vera was released by the UFC in June. Overall, Vera accumulated an 8-7 mark inside the Octagon.

Although ONE FC announced Vera’s signing, the promotion has not announced a date or an opponent for his promotional debut.

ONE FC’s next event is slated for Aug. 29 and will take place in Dubai, U.A.E. The event already features a number of UFC and Bellator veterans. Former Bellator champion Ben Askren will challenge for the ONE FC welterweight title, which resides around the waist of Nobutatsu Suzuki, and UFC veteran Kamal Shalorus will challenge ONE FC lightweight kingpin Shinya Aoki. UFC veteran Roger Huerta is also slated to compete at the event.

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