BRANDON Vera assured that Chi Lewis-Parry will eat his words when the two mixed martial arts fighters tangle in ONE: Spirit of Champions for the heavyweight title on December 11 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
While the Filipino-American fighter has started to focus in training, his undefeated British foe has been talking trash since he challenged Vera to a fight last year.
“Parry’s been talking a lot of smack online … and the stuff he’s been saying is kind of weird,” Vera said in the press launch on Wednesday. “I just really hope that he comes prepared because aside from just winning that belt, I’m going to kill this dude in front of you.”
“He can’t talk to me like that especially when he comes here in the Philippines,” added Vera, who traces his Pinoy roots to Tagkawayan, Quezon.
The inaugural heavyweight championship bout banners the seventh staging of Asia’s top mixed martial arts organization in the country that will also feature two other Fil-Ams in Mark Striegl and Ana Julaton as well as a homegrown Pinoy in Ruel Catalan.
Striegl, who has won all but one of his 15 fights, takes on Australian Jordan Lucas, who’s unbeaten in eight fights, in the bantamweight division.
For her part, Julaton, the two-sport star, collides with Russian kickboxer Irina Mazepa.
Most of the spotlight, though, will fall on the main event, which tests the 37-year-old 6-foot-2 Vera, who’s facing a taller and younger foe in the 32-year-old 6-foot-9 Parry.
“It’s going to be the biggest fight of the year,” ONE CEO Victor Cui said of the fight that will cap off ONE’s fifth year in operation.