Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson, 40, hosted the “ONE: Conquest of Champions” kick-off press conference at the City of Dreams Manila in Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines on November 20, 2018. Right after the conference, I asked the mixed martial artist-turned-commentator for his fight predictions.
The “ONE: Conquest of Champions” fight night will take place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila on November 23, 2018. In the main event, Mauro “The Hammer” Cerilli, 35, of Italy will challenge reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera, 41, of the Philippines.
“It’s gonna be absolute fireworks,” Chilson said of the upcoming bout between Vera and Cerilli. “I don’ think it’s gonna go past the first round. Somebody’s going to sleep.”
“But I gotta go with my buddy,” Chilson added. “I gotta go with Brandon Vera.”
Currently, Vera holds a professional MMA record of 15 wins and 7 losses. On the other hand, Cerilli has 12 wins and 2 losses and he is riding a five-bout winning streak.
“ONE: Conquest of Champions” marks Cerilli’s ONE Championship debut and Vera’s return to the cage after almost two years. In the Filipino defending champion’s most recent bout, which was at “ONE: Age of Domination” on December 2, 2016, he knocked out Hideki “Shrek” Sekine, 45, of Japan in the first round.
“He’s just so dynamic,” Chilson said of Vera. “I don’t think the two-year layoff has affected him. His eyes, his reaction time, he’s absolutely superb.”
Vera is the first and still the only ONE Championship athlete to hold the ONE Heavyweight World Championship belt. He earned the title by knocking out Paul “Tyhpoon” Cheng, 40, of Taiwan via punch and head kick at “ONE: Spirit of Champions” on December 11, 2015.
Both “ONE: Age of Domination” and “ONE: Spirit of Champions” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. During the “ONE: Conquest of Champions” press conference, Vera said he would rather die than lose in front of the Filipino crowd.
“I think he still has the speed,” Chilson said of Vera. “I think he still has the power. I think it’s gonna be absolute just blockbuster night.”
Listen to more of Chilson’s “ONE: Conquest of Champions” fight predictions here: