Brandon Vera earned the ONE heavyweight title Friday, finishing Paul Cheng in just 26 seconds in the main event of ONE Championship 35.
Vera, a former UFC competitor, landed a head-kick that resulted in Cheng hitting the canvas. “The Truth” was originally scheduled to meet Chi-Lewis Parry, but officials removed him from the contest.
In other action, Reece McLaren submitted Mark Striegl and Eugene Toquero finished Li Wei Bin.
Despite the impressive finishes, the event went on with a dark cloud over it after Yang Jian Bing passed away after attempting to cut weight.
Complete results can be found below:
Brandon Vera def. Paul Cheng via KO (head-kick) at :26 of Round 1 to become ONE heavyweight champion
Reece McLaren def. Mark Striegl via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:33 of Round 3
Eugene Toquero def. Li Wei Bin via TKO (corner stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 2
Irina Mazepa def. Ana Julaton via unanimous decision
Angela Lee def. Lena Tkhorevska via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:26 of Round 2
Bruno Pucci def. Anthony Engelen via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:19 of Round 2
Alex Silva def. Ruel Catalan via submission (kneebar) at 3:53 of Round 1
Christian Lee def. David Meak via TKO (strikes) at :29 of Round 1