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Philippines vs Italy: Mauro Cerilli to challenge Brandon Vera at ‘ONE: Conquest of Champions’ in Pasay City

At two title bouts will be on the card of “ONE: Conquest of Champions,” which will take place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on November 23, 2018. In the main event, Mauro “The Hammer” Cerilli, 35, of Terracina, Latina, Italy will challenge reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera, 41, of Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Vera is of Filipino and American descent. He is a mixed martial arts veteran with a professional MMA record of 15 wins, 7 losses and 1 No Contest. After competing for over a decade as one of the world’s best martial arts talents, he joined ONE Championship on December 5, 2014.

A devastating striker, Vera is known for his thunderous leg kicks as well as his well-rounded skills. He captured the ONE Heavyweight World Championship with a stunning knockout victory over Paul Cheng on December 11, 2015.

The most recent bout of Vera took place on December 2, 2016. He successfully defended his title from his Japanese challenger Hideki “Shrek” Sekine.

Challenging Vera in the “ONE: Conquest of Champions” main event, Cerilli is making his ONE Championship debut. He holds a professional MMA record of 12 wins and 2 losses.

Cerilli is a Cage Warriors Heavyweight Champion and a certified finisher known for his knockout power and submission skills. He is currently riding a five-bout win streak, with four of those wins ending with emphatic knockouts.

Currently, Cerilli is riding a five-bout winning streak. In his latest outing, he stopped Karl Moore of Ireland in just 15 seconds.

In the co-main event of “ONE: Conquest of Champions,” a hometown hero will compete for the vacant ONE Lightweight World Champion title. former lightweight titleholder Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 34, of the Philippines battles top contender Amir Khan, 23, of Singapore for the title recently vacated by reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen.

Meanwhile, here is a short interview with Vera:

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