Brandon Vera will no longer face Chi Lewis Parry for the vacant ONE Championship heavyweight belt.
Days before Friday’s event in Manila, ONE Championship CEO Victor Cui announced that Parry was removed from the fight after failing to submit his medical results and drug tests for the bout.
"After multiple requests made by ONE officials directly to Chi Lewis Parry and his manager over the last few weeks, Chi has failed to submit his medical results and his drug tests for the fight this Friday," Cui posted on his Facebook page. "Additionally, he decided not to board the plane departing from London to Manila. He will not be fighting this Friday."
"This sh*t just happened Chi Lewis-Parry is officially a b*tch," Vera wrote on his Facebook page. "Thank you Paul Cheng for being a man and stepping up!"
On his Facebook page, three days before Cui’s announcement, Parry revealed he was worried he wouldn’t be facing Vera on Dec. 11.
This picture was sent to me by a fan who wanted to know if my World title fight against Brandon Vera @ One Championship is still happening? As far as I am aware there is only 1 HW bout on the Manila card next Friday and that's me vs Brandon Vera! So why is another HW being flown out to Manila on fight week if they are not fighting??? One Championship is very tight with their purse strings so there is NO WAY they are bringing Paul out to just enjoy the show! My management contacted One personnel to ask if Vera may potentially be injured, but their response was adamant he WILL BE fighting on December 11th. Then the words that followed were "There will be a heavyweight title fight in manila". A complete lack of specification as to who the heavyweights involved would be. Too many events have happened leading up to this fight, I should have recognised earlier. I know I'm outspoken and I speak my mind, but all I want is what I work for and I work hard for this! I MADE THIS FIGHT! Without me noone would care who Brandon fights cos the division is weak! THIS IS NOT A RANT, this is an explanation to the loyal fans who have been anticipating this beautiful match up. One are trying to oust me & foil my title dreams! If these are the games that are going to be played, then I do not want to be champion here! Paul Cheng is a great guy! So I'm glad he's getting in the mix but tut tut tut One Championship. #badform #snakes #con #one #faux #fake #lies
A day later, Parry had this to say when responding to a comment on his Facebook page.
One contacted Cheng and told him to remove the posts in a panic. The proof is in the pudding. Til now I've not heard anything back from them! So its clear! I've exposed them and now they don't know what to do so they're keeping silence. Anything Paul posts now is under strict instruction from One I'm sure
This is the second time ONE Championship loses a main event on the week of the fight in less than a month. In November, welterweight contender Luis Santos missed weight and had his title fight against Ben Askren cancelled hours before the event.
Vera (13-7, 1 NC), a former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight who finished Igor Subora in his promotional debut in 2014, will now face Paul Cheng (5-1) for the heavyweight gold in Manila.