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Taiwan’s Paul Cheng (right) celebrates after beating Hong Kong’s Alain Ngalani by TKO at the end of the first round of their heavyweight bout at ONE FC: Moment of Truth in Manila last December. ONEFC.COM

ONE FC announces bouts for Taiwan bow

ONE Fighting Championship is bracing for its inaugural fight card in Taiwan on July 11.

The blockbuster event, entitled ONE FC: War of Dragons, will take place at the National Taiwan University Sports Center in Taipei City.

The first four bouts have been added to the card, including Taiwanese heavyweight Paul Cheng (4-1) competing on home turf for the first time to take on Egypt’s Mahmoud Hassan (1-3).

Also featuring is a lightweight bout between top contenders Koji Ando (8-3-2) of Japan and Brazil’s Rafael Nunes (10-0), American Jake Butler (3-1) and Mohamed Ali (9-6) of Egypt clashing in the light heavyweight division and Japanese bantamweight Koetsu Okazaki (9-3-1) up against Yusup Saadulaev (13-3-1) of the US.

ONE FC CEO Victor Cui stated: “Fans in Taiwan have been clamoring for a live MMA event in their country and ONE FC will now bring world-class mixed martial arts action to Taipei City for the first time.”

ONE FC next event is Era of Champions this Friday in Jakarta, headlined by a flyweight contest between Kosuke Suzuki (10-3) of Japan and Brazil’s Adriano Moraes (10-1).

An event in Phnom Penh is slated for September 12 with details expected to be announced at a press conference on June 24.

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