ONE Fighting Championship has confirmed all 10 bouts for its first Taiwan fight card, titled ONE FC: War of Dragons, on July 11 at the National Taiwan University Sports Center in Taipei.
Top featherweights Rob “Ruthless” Lisita (14-5) of Australia and Filipino Eric “The Natural” Kelly (10-1) are set to square off in the main event.
Meanwhile, rising Taiwanese star Jeff Huang will make his ONE FC debut in front of home fans as he faces highly rated Indian kickboxer Bala Shetty. Hong Kong heavyweight Alain Ngalani and Britain’s Chi Lewis Parry will meet once again in the cage to settle a score after their previous fight in Singapore was ruled a no contest.
Singaporean bantamweight Nicholas Lee has been named as a replacement for Malaysia’s Muhamad Haidar, and will take on Taiwanese MMA pioneer Sung Ming Yen.
ONE FC CEO Victor Cui said in a press release yesterday: “This is a historic event as Taiwanese fighters now have the opportunity to compete against international opponents in front of a potential one billion viewers worldwide. MMA fans there will be thrilled to hear that two more homegrown fighters have been added to the fight card, bringing the total number to four.
“This is one of the most anticipated sporting events in Taiwan in recent years and fans in Taiwan will finally get to enjoy explosive MMA action.”
Huang (3-1) has cemented his status as Taiwan’s superior welterweight, winning every time he has appeared on home soil. Despite a comfortable career as a financial consultant, Huang elected to dedicate himself to MMA, spending his savings to travel the world and pick up new techniques.
Shetty is a multiple Muay Thai champion who has represented India in numerous international competitions. He will make the transition to cage fighting having spent the past few years incorporating other combat elements to his set of striking skills.
Ngalani (1-1) is a one-man wrecking machine who has single-handedly smashed his way through the some of the best heavyweight fighters in both Muay Thai and kickboxing, winning numerous world titles and scoring countless highlight reel knockouts along the way. This indomitable Cameroonian-born brawler was forced to quit after being on the wrong end of a low blow by Parry (5-0) early in the opening round of their May 30 encounter. The 38-year-old now returns desperate to become the first man to beat the towering Englishman.
A former professional basketball player, Parry has a goal become the first ever ONE FC heavyweight world champion and he is still unhappy about the way his last fight with Ngalani finished.
No opponent has ever made it past the second round against Parry, 30, and he is determined to give the Taiwan crowd a glimpse of the power which has seen him establish himself in the sport in England.
Lee (3-1) will become the youngest cage fighter to compete in Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organisation when he makes his debut at just 19 years of age. He has finished his opponents in both his previous victories and will look to do the same come July 11.
Sung (2-1) has proved himself as one of Taiwan’s top MMA components and is equally adept in both grappling and striking, priding himself on his aggressive style.
The 34-year-old will go all out to show that Taiwan fighters can go toe-to-toe against the best the region has to offer, with the chance to do so in front of thousands of home supporters.