MANILA, Philippines – ONE Championship finished the year with a bang with “Spirit of Champions” on Friday, December 11 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.
Filipino-American Brandon Vera demolished Paul Cheng in 26 seconds to become the Asian promotion’s first-ever heavyweight world champion. Cheng, who was a last-minute replacement to Vera’s original foe Chi Lewis Parry, barely got to strike as Vera busted him wide open and sent him to the mat with a head kick to open the first round.
Vera turned a woeful night for Filipinos into a memorable one thanks to the impressive win. (READ: Knockout loss to Brandon Vera sends Paul Cheng into retirement)
Eugene Toquero was the only other victorious Filipino as his Chinese opponent Li Wei Bin refused to go on after Round 2 and the charismatic Toquero earned the technical knockout win.
Meanwhile, other Filipinos Mark Striegl, Ana Julaton, and Ruel Catalan lose their respective bouts before their home crowd.
Go through the highlights ONE Championship’s ‘Spirit of Champions’ event in Manila!
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