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Vera finally gets world title shot as he faces Parry for inaugural One heavyweight belt

Vera file photo by Ivan Saldajeno. Parry file photo by James Goyder/Sherdog
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Brandon Vera and Chi-Lewis Parry have been throwing barbs since the beginning of the year.

At the end of the year, both fighters will finally let their fists and feet do the talking.

Vera and Parry will headline One Championship's final event for 2015, the Spirit of Champions at the Mall of Asia Arena on Dec. 11. The MMA promotion announced the said bout on Wednesday.

To add more spice to the anticipated clash, the match will be a five-round contest with the winner getting the distinction of becoming the first One heavyweight champion.

"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!” One president Victor Cui said in a statement.

On the other hand, Vera expressed happiness for getting the much-coveted world title shot.

“I'm excited to have the honor of fighting for the One heavyweight world championship in the Philippines. I am very much looking forward to fighting Mr. Parry, especially since he's been asking for it!” said the former UFC star.

While the match was a year in the making, Vera, barring another unforeseen circumstance, finally got a world championship match after eight years as he was supposed to face Tim Sylvia for the UFC heavyweight belt in 2007 only to be replaced by Randy Couture, who would steal the title from Sylvia.

The unbeaten Parry, meanwhile, vows to prove by action that he is better than Vera.

Parry said, "Finally, the truth will be told, the score will be settled, and the world will witness greatness happen this December!"