The ONE Fighting Championship, Asia’s premier mixed martial arts promotion, has revealed its final card for the “Return of Warriors” event at Stadium Putra, in Kuala Lumpur, on February 2.
The organistaion said in a press release on Saturday there were 10 fights on the card, headlined by a ONE FC world featherweight title bout between Filipinos Honorio Banario and Eric Kelly.
The card features top Malaysian martial artists such as Peter Davis, Melvin Yeoh and Gianni Subba, as well as the return of hometown hero Adam Kayoom.
It also includes a battle between two of Asia’s best flyweights, Filipino Rey Docyogen and Shinichi Kojima of Japan.
Docyogen is the URCC pinweight champion, holding a perfect professional MMA record of 10-0. He has never fought outside his home country, and will be in for a tough battle against the experienced Kojima, whose record stands at 12-5-5.
The Japanese veteran was once ranked the best flyweight fighter in the world and was one of the dominant champions inside the Shooto organisation until he was forced to relinquish his belt because of a serious knee injury.
One of the highlights of ONE FC: “Destiny of Warriors”, which took place in Kuala Lumpur earlier this year, was Kayoom’s decision win over Brazilian veteran Gregor Gracie.
The Malaysian will be back in action in February, when he takes on Indonesian veteran Zuli Silawanto.
Jens Pulver, Kevin Belingon and Masakatsu Ueda are already in the semi-finals of the ONE FC Bantamweight Grand Prix.
The remaining quarter-final is set for Kuala Lumpur, with former King of the Cage champion Ryan Diaz going up against top Vietnamese prospect Thanh Vu.
ONE FC chief executive and owner Victor Cui hopes the first show of 2013 will set the tone for the rest of the year.
“ONE FC has grown so quickly and we decided to move to a 15,000-capacity stadium in Kuala Lumpur to ensure that more fans get a chance to see the show,” Cui said.
“I can’t wait to see Honorio Banario and Eric Kelly battle for the belt, because they're both warriors who never back down.
“This is sure to be a fight-of- the-year contender.”
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