The two were supposed to meet in a heavyweight clash at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES in August, but shortly before the bout, “The Hammer” fell sick.
Still, Cerilli wanted to compete, but he knew it would have come at a hefty price.
“It was a horrible experience. I had to fight a tough staph infection on my leg,” the 36-year-old said.
“I felt so broken and sad. I wanted to fight even with one leg, but at this level, you can’t fight if you are not 100 percent.”
“I was ready, but we were just very unlucky.”
Sometimes, things happen for a reason – and that spell of misfortune took an unexpected route as ONE Championship offered them a slot on the second half of the biggest show in martial arts history on Sunday, 13 October.
The opportunity to compete against “Singh” at the Ryogoku Kokugikan was a fitting gift to the Italian warrior who was eager to continue his winning form after finishing Alain Ngalani in two and a half minutes in March.
But the Cage Warriors Heavyweight World Champion reveals that he will be cautious against an opponent who hits like a truck. Bhullar is 9-1 in his professional career, and most of his wins have come from the judges’ scorecards.
“Let’s see if he can do it,” the Hammer Team representative said.
There is nothing more explosive in mixed martial arts than when two heavyweight warriors collide, and Cerilli expects a highlight-reel duel when they meet in Tokyo, Japan this Sunday.
“This will be for sure the fight of the night. We both will not hold back.”
The Home Of Martial Arts will break new ground as it brings multiple World Title bouts, a trio of World Grand Prix Championship Finals, and several World Champion versus World Champion matches to the famous Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on 13 October.
Catch all the action of CENTURY PART I on Astro Arena at 8:00am Malaysia Time (MYT) on Sunday, 13 October. The main card starts at 11:00am MYT.
CENTURY PART II gets underway at 4:00pm Malaysia Time (MYT) on Astro Super Sports 2. All the main card action will continue on that channel, but RTM TV2 will cut to the live broadcast at 7:30pm MYT. Also, the show will air via special delay on Astro Arena at 11:30pm MYT.
Video link #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYap8z0zqSc&t=5s
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