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ONE FC adds three bouts for Manila melee

Australia's Chris Lokteff (right) swings a punch at Tony Johnson of the US during their heavyweight bout at ONE FC
Australia's Chris Lokteff (right) swings a punch at Tony Johnson of the US during their heavyweight bout at ONE FC: Warrior Spirit in Kuala Lumpur's Putra Indoor Stadium on November 15, 2013. ONEFC.COM

ONE FC adds three bouts for Manila melee

One Fighting Championship (ONE FC) has added three more blockbuster mixed martial arts bouts to its ONE FC: Rise of Heroes event at the 20,000-seater SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on May 2.

The fight card will now incude a clash of two of the best heavyweights in the world when England’s James McSweeney squares off against Chris Lokteff of Australia.

Aung La N Sang will also make history as the first mixed martial artist from Myanmar to compete in the ONE FC cage when he takes on Egypt’s Mahmoud Salama.

Filipina boxing champion Jujeath Nagaowa will also make her ONE FC debut when she meets Jeet Toshi of India.

McSweeney is an expert mixed martial artist and kickboxer, now on the best streak of his career with eight wins in his last 10 fights. The 33-year-old is a proven finisher with his fights having gone to a decision only once in 23 occasions.

Lokteff is one of the top heavyweight prospects in the world, amassing an impressive record of 12 wins and one loss at only 27 years of age.

In a remarkable ONE FC debut, the Australian convincingly defeating famed American wrestler Tony Johnson last November.

The ONE FC heavyweight division remains without a champion and the winner of this bout will likely earn a spot in the inaugural title bout.

Aung La N Sang is a member of the Kachin, a group of indigenous people now embroiled in civil war with the Myanmar army. He left Myanmar to study in the United States, where he discovered Brazilian jiu-jitsu and subsequently MMA.

The 28-year-old is nicknamed “The Burmese Python” for his constricting ability which has led him to nine submission wins.

Salama, 37, is a veteran of the Egyptian MMA scene and has never been defeated in his home country, racking up all four of his wins by TKO.

He boasts power in both hands and will look to knock out any opponent standing in his way. This clash against Aung represents the classic striker against grappler matchup with Salama as the striker.

Nagaowa is set to become the first Filipina appearing in Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organisation.

The former WBC Asia atomweight champion will be making the transition from boxing with an impressive resume that features 12 professional victories.

The 26-year-old has nifty footwork that she uses to get out of her opponents’ punches and is strong in both fists. She will be looking to demonstrate her boxing skills along with her newly acquired MMA techniques as she makes her ONE FC debut in front of her fellow countrymen.

Toshi is a seven-time kickboxing champion from India, and has done coaching and training stints in Bahrain and Australia.

As the pioneer for female MMA in her homeland, she has paved the way for more women in the populous country to participate in the sport and will look to make a statement by emerging victorious in ONE FC: Rise of Heroes.

In the main event, ONE FC bantamweight world champion Bibiano Fernandes of Brazil tries to defend his title against No 1 contender

Masakatsu Ueda of Japan in what ONE FC CEO Victor Cui is touting as “the biggest bantamweight fight Asia has ever witnessed”.

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