The Philippines and Japan were among the 14 countries represented at “ONE: Conquest of Champions” on November 23, 2018. Taking place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, it is the fourth and last ONE Championship event in the Philippines in 2018.
“ONE: Conquest of Champions” featured eight mixed martial arts matches, two Muay Thai bouts and two kickboxing contests. Two undefeated fighters battled it out in the second bout of the evening, namely Rockie “God’s Warrior” Bactol, 19, of the Philippines and Akihiro “Superjap” Fujisawa, 38, of Japan.
Fujisawa was coming out of his successful ONE Championship debut. In his promotional debut, which took place at “ONE: Heroes of Honor” on April 20, 2018, he knocked out Kaji “Alpha” Ebin, 26, of the Philippines via shoulder injury.
In “Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series” Season 1, Fujisawa knocked out Sandeep Gurung of Nepal. “ONE: Conquest of Champions” marked the second official ONE Championship bout of the Japanese fighter.
Bactol is a Filipino prospect who lives and trains in Bangkok, Thailand. He was one of the three recipients of $100,000 worth ONE Championship contracts at “Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series” Season 1 after submitting Mark Cuizon of the Philippines via keylock.
Before the series, Bactol was an undefeated amateur fighter with 2 wins. “ONE: Conquest of Champions” marked his first official ONE Championship bout.
Bactol and Fujisawa competed in the flyweight division. Referee Olivier Coste put a stop to the contest after 4 minutes and 40 seconds in the third round.
Fujisawa knocked out Bactol via strikes. By winning at “ONE: Conquest of Champions,” the Japanese MMA fighter maintained his undefeated record.
The victory improved Fujisawa’s professional MMA record to 4 wins, 0 loss and 1 draw. On the other hand, Bactol now has 1 win and 1 loss.
“ONE: Conquest of Champions” Main Events
In the co-main event of the evening, Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 34, of Baguio City, Philippines and Amir Khan, 23, of Singapore competed for the vacant ONE Lightweight World Championship. After five five-minute rounds, the Filipino contender won via unanimous decision.
In the main event, Mauro “The Hammer” Cerilli, 35, of Terracina, Latina, Italy challenged reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera, 41, of Manila, Philippines. The Filipino defending champion knocked out his Italian challenger in the first round.