After two years away from competition, Brandon Vera returned to defend his ONE Championship heavyweight title and did so with ease.
Vera need just 1:04 seconds to finish his Italian challenger Mauro Cerilli, who got rocked with a left jab and had no chance to recover. Cerilli hit the canvas and referee Olivier Coste immediately stepped in to halt the contest.
“I’m sorry I’ve been away for so long, but it looks like I can still do it,” Vera said.
“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.”
It was truly a night for the Philippines, with Eduard Folayang returning to the top of the lightweight division with a decision victory over Amir Khan.
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 win now puts four ONE Championship belts in the hands of Team Lakay and five title for the Philippines overall.
ONE: Conquest of Champions results
Heavyweight Championship bout
Brandon Vera def. Mauro Cerilli
Knockout (KO) at 1:04 minutes of R1
Lightweight Championship bout
Eduard Folayang def. Amir Khan
Catch Weight bout (79.0kgs)
Honorio Banario def. Rahul Raju
ONE Super Series Muay Thai
Saemapetch Fairtex def. Alaverdi Ramazanov
James Nakashima def. Raimond Magomedaliev
Kickboxing Bantamweight bout
Hiroaki Suzuki def. Deividas Danyla
Kickboxing Catch Weight bout
Samy Sana def. Armen Petrosyan
Alexandre Machado def. Hideki Sekine
TKO at 1:44 minutes of R2
Muay Thai Bantamweight bout
Han Zi Hao def. Azwan Che Wil
TKO (referee stoppage) at 2:52 minutes of R1
Jeremy Miado def. Peng Xue Wen
TKO (strikes) at 0:53 minutes of R2
Akihiro Fujisawa def. Rockie Bactol
TKO (strikes) at 4:40 minutes of R3
Rudy Agustian def. Asraful Islam