Mauro “The Hammer” Cerilli, 35, of Italy will challenge reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera, 41, of the Philippines at “ONE: Conquest of Champions.” On November 16, 2018, the two had their face-off during an open workout at the Victory Sports Tower in Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
“ONE: Conquest of Champions” is the fourth and final ONE Championship event in the Philippines in 2018. In the main event of the evening, Vera will defend his belt from the Italian ONE Championship debutante.
“Thank you everyone for coming out here,” Vera told the media during the “ONE: Conquest of Champions” open workout. “It is an honor to be your champion, Philippines. I’ve been away for a while, almost two years but don’t think for a second that I haven’t been training and keeping sharp.”
“I’m stronger, faster, smarter and better now than ever before,” Vera added. “My team has made sure that I will be at my best by the time I step back into the ONE Cage. This is home for me.”
This marks the second time Vera is defending his belt. It will be his third bout in ONE Championship.
“I really missed this and I am excited to perform in front of you all next Friday night,” the Filipino-American defending champion said. “The belt is going to stay in the Philippines.”
Vera’s first title defense took place at “ONE: Age of Domination” on December 2, 2016. He successfully defend the title by defeating Hideki “Shrek” Sekine, 45, of Japan.
On the other hand, “ONE: Conquest of Champions” marks Cerilli’s ONE Championship debut. He said, “I am very honored to be here and to challenge your champion.”
“Joining ONE Championship, I know the competition is fierce and I will be faced with the best in the world,” Cerilli continued. “Brandon [Vera] is a great champion but he’s lost his edge. I am here to claim the ONE Heavyweight World Championship.”
“When I step into the cage on 23 November, I will be in the best shape of my career and I’m looking to score the upset,” the Italian challenger declared. “Thank you for having me, Manila. It is an honor to be here.”
The “ONE: Conquest of Champions” fight night will take place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on November 23, 2018. Meanwhile, here is a clip from the open workout featuring Vera:
Ticket information for ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS is available at www.onefc.com.