ONE Championship will return to Manila 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 Dec. 11, 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 eight-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!”
Having won eight KO victories, 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.
“I'm excited to have the honor of fighting for the ONE Heavyweight World Championship in the Philippines,” Vera said. “I am very much looking forward to fighting Mr. Parry, especially since he's been asking for it!”
At well over two meters tall, colossal British standout Chi Lewis Parry has one of the most imposing frames in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) today, and a record to match. With five 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 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 organization 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."
Loren Mack is a volunteer member of the prestigious Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame (NVBHOF), a member of Community Unity of Sullivan County, New York, and has been an integral part of the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) industry for years now. Mack holds a bachelor's degree from UNLV and a master of arts in integrated marketing communication from Marist College in New York. He now serves as the director of public relations for ONE Championship (ONE) headquartered in Singapore. Follow him at @LorenMackBlog