“Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 33, of Myanmar is currently the only ONE Championship champion reigning in two divisions simultaneously. Another champion in the organization who wants to become a two-division champion is reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera, 41, of the Philippines.
On November 23, 2018, Vera successfully defended his ONE Championship heavyweight title at “ONE: Conquest of Champions” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In front of his fellow Filipinos, he knocked out his challenger “The Hammer” Cerilli, 35, of Italy in the first round.
At the post-fight press conference for “ONE: Conquest of Champions,” Vera said he will continue fighting in the cage until his body tells him to stop. He also expressed his interest in challenging whoever is the reigning ONE Light Heavyweight World Champion in October 2019 in Japan.
ONE Championship has yet to hold an event in Japan. The Singapore-based martial arts organization held its first ever press conference in the country at Park Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo on August 23, 2018.
During the press conference, ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced that the organization is planning to hold its inaugural Japan event in March 2019. Vera was present during the press conference.
Aung, who is currently reigning as the ONE Light Heavyweight and Middleweight World Champion, has yet to comment on Vera’s recent remark. The two-division champion earned his light heavyweight championship title on February 23, 2018 when he knocked out Alexandre “Bebezao” Machado, 36, of Brazil via head kick and punches at “ONE: Quest for Gold” at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.
The Burmese MMA superfighter has yet to defend his light heavyweight championship title. On the other hand, as the middleweight champion, he has two successful title defenses.
On June 30, 2017, Aung became the new ONE Middleweight World Champion by dethroning Vitaly Bigdash, 34, of Russia at “ONE: Light of a Nation” at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium. In the same venue on June 29, 2018 at “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior,” Ken Hasegawa, 31, of Japan failed to dethrone Aung as the king of ONE Championship’s middleweight division as the Burmese defending champion knocked out his Japanese challenger via punches in the fifth round.
For the second time, Aung defended his title on October 26, 2018 at “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness” at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium. He knocked out Mohammad “O Lutador” Karaki, 27, of Lebanon via punches in the first round.
Meanwhile, watch Vera at the post-fight press conference for “ONE: Conquest of Champions” here: