26 August 2015 – Manila: ONE Championship™ (ONE) will return to Manila, Philippines for a grudge match between top-ranked heavyweight contenders Brandon “The Truth” Vera and Chi Lewis “Chopper” Parry at Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena on 11 December 2015, with the winner set to be crowned the inaugural ONE Championship™ Heavyweight World Champion. ONE: SPIRIT OF CHAMPIONS will play host to the titanic showdown, as world-renowned Muay Thai stylist and 8-time Grappler’s Quest Champion Vera looks to claim the gold against unbeaten British kickboxing convert Parry, who challenged the Filipino-American Vera after both fighters recorded recent first round knock out wins.
CEO of ONE Championship™, Victor Cui, stated, “We’re thrilled to be returning to Manila to bring our loyal fans one of the biggest fights of the year! Brandon Vera and Chi Lewis Parry are two of the most exciting heavyweight fighters in the world, and with the ONE Heavyweight title on the line we can expect a fantastic fight! These two have been on a collision course for some time, and it will all come to a head at ONE: SPIRIT OF CHAMPIONS!”
The owner of 8 KO victories, Brandon Vera is one of the most recognizable figures in the game, as well as one of the most feared Muay Thai practitioners in the world. Renowned for possessing outstanding striking technique, Vera devastated Ukrainian heavyweight Igor Subora with a straight left and a flurry of kicks in his ONE Championship™ debut to the delight of the fans in Manila. Now, he will look to utilize his outstanding ability and vast experience fighting some of the very best fighters in the world to his advantage as he accepts the challenge of prodigious prospect Chi Lewis Parry.
Brandon Vera declared, “I’m excited to have the honor of fighting for the ONE Heavyweight World Championship in the Philippines,” adding, “I am very much looking forward to fighting Mr. Parry, especially since he’s been asking for it!”
At 6’9, colossal British stand out Chi Lewis Parry has one of the most imposing frames in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) today, and a record to match. With 5 first round finishes to his credit, Parry remains undefeated in MMA competition, making a huge statement against Cameroon’s Alain Ngalani last time out. Stopping the fight with a succession of precision elbows, Parry immediately turned his attentions to Brandon “The Truth” Vera in his quest to be crowned the number one heavyweight in ONE Championship™. At ONE: SPIRIT OF CHAMPIONS, Parry will get his wish as Vera steps into the cage to meet him head on!
Parry stated,“Firstly, I’d like to state just how appreciative I am of this opportunity! ONE Championship™ is an elite organisation for a reason, they put on the fights the fans want to see. This clash with Vera has been brewing for over a year now and finally, the truth will be told, the score will be settled, and the world will witness greatness happen this December! Chopper’s coming… to MANILA!”
About ONE Championship™
ONE Championship™ is Asia’s largest and most exciting Mixed Martial Arts organization. Headquartered in Singapore, ONE Championship™ hosts the best Asian mixed martial artists and world champions, signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE Championship™ has partnered with FOX and STAR Sports for an unprecedented 10-year cable television deal with a coverage that spans 70+ countries across the world.