Heavyweights Brandon Vera and Mauro Cerilli faceoff for ONE Championship title
Brandon Vera (l) defends ONE Championship heavyweight title against Mauro Cerilli / Pic: Supplied

ONE: Conquest of Champions

Brandon Vera defends his ONE Championship heavyweight title against Mauro Cerilli on November 23 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. The pair headlines MMA event billed as the “Conquest of Champions”.

The promotion recently held the official face-off and open workout at the Victoria Sports Tower in Manila. In addition to the headline-bout fighters, the co-main event participants Eduard Folayang and Amir Khan were in attendance.

“Thank you everyone for coming out here, it is an honor to be your champion, Philippines,” said Vera. “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. 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. I really missed this and I am excited to perform in front of you all next Friday night. The belt is going to stay in the Philippines.

Cerilli stated that he was “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. 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. Thank you for having me, Manila. It is an honor to be here.”

The next event produced by ONE Championship is held tonight (Nov. 17) in Jakarta, Indonesia. Tyler McGuire and Zebaztian Kadestam battle it out for a vacant welterweight title in the headliner of “Warrior’s Dream”.