Filipino-American fighter Brandon “The Truth” Vera will return to Manila to fight, but this time for something much bigger at stake – to make history as the first ONE Championship heavyweight champion.
Standing in his way inside the cage come December 11, 2015 at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena is Chi “Chopper” Lewis-Parry, the 6’9 ft. fighter from London.
Originally from Norfolk, Virginia, USA, Vera (13-7-0) debuted for ONE Championship last December and impressively beat Igor Subora, the Philippine-based Ukrainian, via TKO (punch and soccer kicks) in the first round.
Likewise, the still undefeated Lewis-Parry (6-0-0) scored a stoppage in the first round of his last fight for the Singapore-based MMA promotion, disposing of Alain Ngalani with vicious elbow strikes. Lewis-Parry was a former pro-basketball player before he became an MMA fighter in 2010 at the age of 26.
The Truth returns to UP
To further promote the Fil-Am fighter’s upcoming bout, ONE Championship held a whole day meet-and-greet event last October 29, featuring Vera and international MMA legend Rich Franklin.
Vera and Franklin met their fans at the University of Pasay and in the afternoon, they entertained their student fans at the University of the Philippines College of Human Kinetics Gymnasium in UP Diliman.
The event was a homecoming of sort for Vera, who first visited UP Diliman a decade ago, when he generously held a free MMA clinic for local MMA team SPRAWL at the UP Vanguard building.
Filipino stars Julaton, Striegl and Catalan also seeing action
ONE Championship CEO Victor Cui said that fans should get ready for an amazing night of world-class MMA action because aside from the main event bout between heavyweights Brandon Vera and Chi Lewis- Parry, the sport media company is bringing back Filipino fighters Ana Julaton, Mark Striegl and Ruel ‘The Wushu’ Catalan.
Female world-boxing champion Julaton will face Russian kickboxer Irina Mazepa. Phenomenal grappler Mark ‘Mugen’ Striegl will take on undefeated Jordan “Showtime” Lucas of Melbourne, Australia in a bantamweight fight. Flyweight Ruel Catalan seeks to avenge his elder brother Rene’s defeat two years ago against Alex ‘Little Rock’ Silva, as he challenges the Brazilian grappler in the undercard.
ONE Championship Spirit of Champions Manila will be on December 11, 2015 at the MoA Arena.
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Karlo Sevilla’s poems have been published in Philippines Graphic and Philippines Free Press. He is also a wrestling coach, with a blue belt in both Brazilian luta livre and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.