Is Conquest of Champions the biggest ONE Championship card in Manila?
Santino Honasan on Nov 22, 2018 04:06 PM
Eduard Folayang and Brandon Vera, two of the biggest stars in Filipino MMA today, will both be fighting for world championships at ONE: Conquest of Champions in Manila.
On Friday, ONE Championship returns to Manila for the fourth time in 2018 with another stacked card featuring some of the best martial artists in the world.
The marquee match-ups however, can be found on top of the card, with two of the biggest names in Filipino mixed martial arts both competing in world championship bouts.
In the main event, Filipino-American heavyweight Brandon “The Truth” Vera returns to defend his ONE Heavyweight World Championship against Italian challenger Mauro “The Hammer” Cerilli.
In the co-main event, the widely-regarded “Face of Filipino MMA” Eduard “Landslide” Folayang attempts to become a two-time champion when he meets Singaporean star Amir Khan for the vacant ONE Lightweight World Championship.
It won’t be the first time that Vera or Folayang have fought on a card together.
It also won’t be the first time that a world title will be on the line in Manila.
It will, however, be the very first time that both Vera and Folayang will be in world title fights.
While indeed, there have been a number of massive ONE Championship cards in Manila, dating back to their first show in the country in 2012, it’s highly possible that given the magnitude of the two main event matches and the personalities involved, Conquest of Champions is the biggest ONE card in Manila yet.
“We always have good cards when we come to Manila, but you’re right to say that [Brandon and Eduard] are two of the greatest Filipino martial artists ever,” said ONE Championship CFO Hua Fung Teh. “One is a world champion, the other is a former world champion, both of them are two of the biggest faces in Philippine martial arts.”
“I’ll say this, we’ve never had an event that has seen them both competing for world titles, so from that perspective, yes, this would be the biggest card for ONE Championship in Manila, ever.”
A win at the end of the night for both Vera and Folayang would mean that currently, the Philippines would be holding five of ONE’s eleven MMA world championships.