Heavyweight Brandon Vera faced Mauro Cerilli in defense of his ONE Championship title on November 23. The pair headlined “Conquest of Champions” held in Manila, Philippines.
Reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera of the Philippines made quick work of Italy’s Mauro “The Hammer” Cerilli, stopping his opponent with a well-placed left hook counter to the jaw that turned the lights out on the Italian. After an aggressive Cerilli stalked Vera across the cage, the Filipino-American took a step back and uncorked the counter that landed right on the button. Cerilli was out before he hit the canvas as referee Olivier Coste stepped in to call a halt to the contest just passed the one minute mark. The victory also earned Vera GoDaddy KO of the Night honors.
“Manila, all my countrymen, I’ve missed you all,” said Vera after the fight. “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. 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. We can do this. Continue your support. Let’s get all the belts!”
Folayang earns ONE Championship lightweight title
In the co-main event of the evening, the Philippines’ Eduard “Landslide” Folayang secured a thrilling five-round unanimous decision victory over Singapore’s Amir Khan to capture the vacant ONE Lightweight World Championship. Folayang dominated Khan from start to finish, punishing his younger opponent with a variety of striking combinations featuring spinning heel kicks and sharp elbows.
Khan tried his best to counter Folayang’s offense, but appeared a step slower and couldn’t pin down Folayang’s timing. In the end, all three judges saw the bout in favor of Folayang.
The fight card also included a series of MMA, kickboxing and Muay Thai bouts. The complete results can be found below.
ONE Conquest of Champions results
Brandon Vera def. Mauro Cerilli by KO (R1 at 1:04)
Eduard Folayang def. Amir Khan by unanimous decision
Honorio Banario def. Rahul Raju by unanimous decision
Saemapetch Fairtex def. Alaverdi Ramazanov by unanimous decision
James Nakashima def. Raimond Magomedaliev by unanimous decision
Hiroaki Suzuki def. Deividas Danyla by unanimous decision
Samy Sana def. Armen Petrosyan by unanimous decision
Alexandre Machado def. Hideki Sekine by TKO (R2 at 1:44)
Han Zi Hao def. Azwan Che Wil by TKO (Ref. stoppage, R1 at 2:52)
Jeremy Miado def. Peng Xue Wen by TKO (Strikes, R2 at 0:53)
Akihiro Fujisawa def. Rockie Bactol by TKO (Strikes, R3 at 4:40)
Rudy Agustian def. Asraful Islam by unanimous decision