Brandon Vera will fight for the ONE Championship heavyweight title on Dec. 11.
The promotion announced on Wednesday that the longtime UFC veteran, who made his debut under the ONE banner last December with a first-round knockout over Igor Subora, will meet undefeated Chi Lewis Parry at Manila’s Mall of Asia Arena.
"We're thrilled to be returning to Manila to bring our loyal fans one of the biggest fights of the year," ONE CEO Victor Cui stated in a release. "Brandon Vera and Chi Lewis Parry are two of the most exciting heavyweight fighters in the world, and with the ONE heavyweight title on the line we can expect a fantastic fight! These two have been on a collision course for some time, and it will all come to a head at ONE: Spirit of Champions!"
Vera looks for his second win since leaving the UFC, where he built an 8-7 record with one no-contest in seven years.
"I'm excited to have the honor of fighting for the ONE heavyweight world championship in the Philippines," Vera said. "I am very much looking forward to fighting Mr. Parry, especially since he's been asking for it."
Parry signed with ONE in 2014 after racking up a perfect 5-0 record, but his promotional debut against Alain Ngalani ended in a no-contest due to an accidental knee to the groin. He rematched Ngalani six weeks later, stopping him in one round via TKO.
"Firstly, I'd like to state just how appreciative I am of this opportunity," said Parry. "ONE Championship is an elite organization for a reason, they put on the fights the fans want to see. This clash with Vera has been brewing for over a year now and finally, the truth will be told, the score will be settled, and the world will witness greatness happen this December! Chopper's coming... to Manila."