Malaysian mixed martial arts fans received welcome news on Monday that Asia’s leading promotion, ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC), had added four locally flavoured fights to their November 15 “Warrior Spirit” card, which is set to rock the 16,000-seat Putra Indoor Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.
Accompanying the main event of the evening, the inaugural ONE FC welterweight world championship battle between Malaysia’s Adam Kayoom (4-1) and Japanese veteran Nobutatsu Suzuki (10-1-2), will be the Malaysian national featherweight champion tournament final between Melvin Yeoh (7-1) and AJ Lias Mansor (1-3).
Yeoh was expected to meet fellow semi-final winner Jian Kai Chee (4-4), but injury has forced the latter’s withdrawal, allowing his beaten opponent into the 65.7kg title decider.
Meanwhile, two of Malaysia’s rising and unbeaten stars in the flyweight division – Gianni Subba (2-0) and Chen Yun Ting (1-0) – are primed to clash for domestic bragging rights.
Exciting Malaysian welterweight Nik Harris (4-2) will make his much-anticipated ONE FC debut when he enters the cage to face Indonesian veteran Zuli Silawanto (6-6).
The final fight announced on Monday sees a match-up of two KL-based featherweights who are also purple belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Samir Mrabet (2-0) of Belgium puts his undefeated record on the line against American Steven Durr (1-1).
ONE FC CEO Victor Cui stated in a press release: “MMA fans in Malaysia are about to be blown away by this fight card. It is stacked with the most exciting fighters from start to finish.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am that Malaysia has produced such elite talent and now they get to showcase their skills on the world stage on November 15.”
Fans around Asia can catch all the action live on STAR Sports.