ONE Championship held the kick-off press conference for “ONE: Conquest of Champions” on November 20, 2018 at the City of Dreams Manila in Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Hosted by Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson, 40, of the United States, the event was attended by ONE Championship chief financial officer Hua Fung Teh.
“It is always great to be back in Manila because the Philippines is one of the countries that truly and deeply appreciate martial arts,” Teh stated. “This is the reason why ONE Championship continually upkeeps holding blockbuster shows for our passionate Filipino fans.”
Teh led the panel during the press conference along with reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera, 41, of the Philippines, Mauro “The Hammer” Cerilli, 35, of Italy, former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 34, of the Philippines and Amir Khan, 24, of Singapore.
“Brandon Vera and Eduard Folayang, two of the biggest superstars in the Philippines are ready to see action against incredibly tough opponents,” the ONE Championship CFO added. “It’s going to be an amazing evening of action. On Friday, Manila, let us make history again. Thank you and see you at the Mall of Asia Arena.”
During the press conference, Teh announced ONE Championship’s new athleisure business and the launch of the organization’s official online store, offering global fans direct access to a wide range of urban lifestyle streetwear, and merchandise line supported by Southeast Asia’s leading fashion, beauty and lifestyle e-commerce platform Zilingo. City of Dreams marketing operations director Nathan Sorenson and Zilingo chief marketing officer Marita Abraham also attended the event.
It was Teh who stayed in the middle during the traditional face-offs. Aside from Cerilli, Vera, Folayang and Khan, several ONE Championship athletes graced the event including Rocky “God’s Warrior” Bactol, 19, of the Philippines, Honorio “The Rock” Banario, 28, of the Philippines, Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan, 32, of Italy, Deividas “The Savage Sitsongpeenong” Danyla, 26, of Lithuania, Hiroaki Suzuki, 33, of Japan, Raimond Magomedaliev, 28, of Russia, James “Nako” Nakashima, 30, of the U.S., Saemapetch Fairtex, 23, of Thailand and Alaverdi Ramazanov, 23, of Russia.
Cerilli will challenge Vera in the main event while Folayang and Khan will compete for the vacant ONE Lightweight World Championship at “ONE: Conquest of Champions” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on November 23, 2018. Meanwhile, here is Chilson giving his predictions of the main events:
Ticket information for ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS is available at www.onefc.com.