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ONE FC fight card finalised

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American Jake Butler (right) kicks at Antoni Romulo of Indonesia during their ONE FC bout in Malaysia on February 2. ONE FC

American Jake Butler (right) kicks at Antoni Romulo of Indonesia during their ONE FC bout in Malaysia on February 2. ONE FC

ONE Fighting Championship, Asia’s leading mixed martial arts promotion, yesterday announced the five remaining bouts for its ONE FC: Kings & Champions April 5 event, marking its return to the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Singaporean fighter Ronald Low makes his ONE FC debut against Chen Yun Ting of Malaysia on the undercard, while American NCAA Division I wrestler and Princeton graduate Jake Butler faces Nuur Muhammad of India.

Russia’s Yusup Saadulaev meets Brazilian Leandro Issa in a bantamweight bout, while Wushu world champion and former SEA Games and Asian Games gold medalist Rene S Catalan of the Philippines faces Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Alex Silva. Also on the card, Pakistani MMA pioneer Bashir Ahmad meets Shannon Wiratchai of Thailand.

ONE FC CEO Victor Cui said, “The five fights added today feature Asia’s top fighters, ensuring that this fight card is filled with exciting fights from the top to bottom. Close to 12,000 fans will pack the Singapore Indoor Stadium, making it the biggest fight card in Asia this year.”

The first match-up of the night will revive the sporting rivalry between Singapore and Malaysia as Low, undefeated in his professional Muay Thai and MMA career, faces Chen, who trains out of the famed Muayfit gym alongside ONE FC fighters Peter Davis, Eric Kelly and Arnaud Lepont.

American wrestler Butler, meanwhile, returns after making a successful ONE FC debut last month in Malaysia to come up against Bengal MMA champion Muhammad.

The main card will begin with a bout between ONE FC debutant Ahmad of Pakistan and Thai kick specialist Shannon Wiratchai. Both boxers carry undefeated professional records into this battle, but only one will leave with his loss column left blank.

Filipino fighter Catalan prepares for a flyweight division battle with Silva of Brazil. This clash of styles promises to be an exciting affair between two world champions in their respective martial arts.

Issa is another BJJ champion who trains at the world-class Evolve MMA gym in Singapore alongside title contender Shinya Aoki, while his April 5 opponent Saadulaev is the former TFC featherweight champion and an outstanding wrestler from the Dagestan region in Russia. The winner of this bout will take a step closer to a bantamweight title shot in the near future.

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