Reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera, 41, of the Philippines will defend his title on November 23, 2018 at “ONE: Conquest of Champions” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. His challenger is Mauro “The Hammer” Cerilli, 35, of Italy.
“The Philippines is a country that is extremely passionate about sports, especially martial arts,” ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong stated. “We have some of the greatest martial artists in Asia that call the Philippines home. One of those athletes is our ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera.”
According to Chatri, Vera has been “itching to get back in action to defend his heavyweight title for some time now.” The ONE Championship boss was thrilled to announce that the Filipino-American mixed martial arts veteran-actor will be returning at “ONE: Conquest of Champions,” which is the fourth and final ONE Championship event in the Philippines in 2018.
Vera holds a professional MMA record of 15 wins, 7 losses and 1 No Contest. He joined ONE Championship in 2014 after competing for over a decade as one of the world’s best martial arts talents.
The Filipino-American MMA star is a devastating striker known for his thunderous leg kicks and well-rounded skills. In December 2015, he captured the ONE Heavyweight World Championship with a stunning knockout victory over Paul “Typhoon” Cheng, 40, of Taiwan.
In Vera’s most recent bout, he successfully defended his title. He dominated Hideki “Shrek” Sekine, 35, of Japan via technical knockout in the first round.
On the other hand, Cerilli currently has 12 wins and 2 losses. He is a Cage Warriors Heavyweight Champion and a certified finisher known for his knockout power and submission skills.
Currently, Cerilli is riding a five-bout win streak, with four of those wins ending with emphatic knockouts. In his latest outing, he stopped Karl Moore, 26, of Northern Ireland in just 15 seconds.
“ONE: Conquest of Champions” marks Cerilli’s ONE Championship debut. On the other hand, Vera is coming out of three consecutive wins in the promotion.
Meanwhile, here is an interview with Vera about home turf advantage in MMA: