Brandon Vera defends ONE Championship heavyweight title against Mauro Cerilli
Brandon Vera faces off Mauro Cerilli / Pic: Supplied

ONE Conquest of Champions: Vera vs. Cerilli

Brandon Vera defends his ONE Championship heavyweight title against Mauro Cerilli on November 23 in Manila. The contest headlines MMA event billed as the “Conquest of Champions” taking place at the Mall of Asia Arena. The co-main event features former lightweight titleholder Eduard Folayang up against Amir Khan.

Following the official face-off and open workout, the promotion recently held the “Kick-Off Press Conference” in attendance of Chief Financial Officer of ONE Championship, Mr. Hua Fung Teh and the fighters partaking in the headline bouts.

“I owe the Philippines a lot for inspiring me to work harder than I ever have before,” said Vera. Am I ready after spending two years away from the cage? Hell yes. I’ve prepared very hard for this bout. I’ve trained every day, in between traffic, shoots, and everything in the middle. I am confident of victory. I’m still hungry and I want it more now. Mauro [Cerilli] is a worthy opponent, he’s been knocking guys out while I was away, and I am in no way underestimating him.”

Mauro Cerilli thanked the promotion and said he was happy to be there. He also stated that the way ONE promotes martial arts is true to his character.

“I know Brandon [Vera] is the local hero, and I have all the respect for him. But I will do my best to win the title. If you would have told me years ago I would be facing a legend like Brandon, I would not have believed you. I’ve worked very hard to get to this point, so I am grateful for the opportunity.”

The official weigh-in ceremony is conducted a day before the fight show.

In addition, the list of other upcoming events, scheduled by ONE Championship for the rest of 2019, includes a visit to Kuala Lumpur on December 7. The event is headlined by Muay Thai star Yodsanklai Fairtex who faces Australian Luis Regis.