MMA

Philippines’ Brandon Vera is still ONE Heavyweight World Champion

Brandon Vera (© ONE Championship)

Brandon Vera (© ONE Championship)

Fighting out of the Philippines, mixed martial artist-actor Brandon “The Truth” Vera, 41, is still the reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion. He defeated his challenger Mauro “The Hammer” Cerilli, 35, of Italy at “ONE: Conquest of Champions.”

On November 23, 2018, ONE Championship held “ONE: Conquest of Champions” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In the main event of the evening, Vera defended his title from Cerilli.

Referee Olivier Coste put a stop to the contest after 1 minute and 4 seconds in the first round. The Filipino defending champion knocked out his Italian opponent.

“Manila, all my countrymen, I’ve missed you all,” Vera said in a post-fight cage interview with Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson. “Two years was a long time. I’m sorry I’ve been away for so long but it looks like I can still do it. I’ve been watching Mauro’s tapes every night.”

“Even as I sleep, I watch him train,” Vera said of Cerilli. “I watch him fight. I watch everything he does. I know he swings hard. He did punch me in the mouth and it hurt, and then when he fell down, I was pretty surprised so I’m glad I got that left hook in and dropped him with it.”

“In the world of martial arts, the Philippines owns five world titles,” the reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion added. “We can do this. Continue your support. Let’s get all the belts!”

“ONE: Conquest of Champions” marked Cerilli’s ONE Championship debut. Losing to Vera downgraded the Italian fighter’s professional MMA record to 12 wins and 3 losses.

On the other hand, Vera improved his professional MMA record to 16 wins and 7 losses by winning at “ONE: Conquest of Champions.” He is still undefeated in ONE Championship.

Cerilli is the fourth MMA fighter to lose to Vera in the ONE Championship cage. The first three are Igor Subora, 38, of Ukraine, Paul “Tyhpoon” Cheng, 40, of Taiwan and Hideki “Shrek” Sekine, 45, of Japan.

Meanwhile, here is Vera during the “ONE: Conquest of Champions” post-fight press conference:

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