ONE heavyweight champion Brandon Vera and his wife were forced to fly to Guam to make sure that their baby will be safe amid the COVID-19 threat.
Vera's wife Jessica is 23 weeks pregnant with his baby boy and he wants to keep his wife and child in a safe environment until the coronavirus pandemic wanes.
The MMA veteran said in an interview with motoring personality James Deakin that they were advised by their doctor to leave Manila, especially after Sen. Koko Pimentel, who tested positive with the virus, had visited the same hospital.
"When we left, we had an appointment... that guy, me and Jen actually (share the same) doctor, that's (where) we're going to be giving birth at," said Vera, apparently referring to Pimentel.
Vera said the doctor advised them to leave Manila just to be safe, which is why they have decided to flee to Guam where the MMA fighter owns a farm.
The former UFC fighter hopes the viral pandemic will be over soon as he want his son to be born in the Philippines.
"The plan was to have the baby there in the Philippines, that's the goal. July is the month. We've been looking for places just in case, but man, I want my son to be born in the island of the Philippines. That's really a big deal for me," Vera said.
For now, Vera busies himself training while looking after his family.
Vera is set to defend his title against Canadian-Indian Arjan Bhullar in the main event of ONE Infinity 2 on May 29.
"Our event, I have not heard it had been cancelled. The word on the street is to stay in shape and be ready," said Vera.
The fighter admitted he's training at 80 percent given the situation.
"I'm training as if the event could still happen. I'm not training 100 percent, I'm training 80 percent capacity because I'm taking care of everything inside the house, including the pregnancy. Plus I don't have a training partner," said Vera.
"For the mental part of me, I'm game anyways so me training at 80 percent if I do get the call, if they pull through it... when we show we promise you're gonna see anything different than my heart out there for everyone."
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