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Five bouts added to ONE FC card

Vietnam’s Thanh Vu (right) will face Chinese bantamweight Xian Ji at ONE FC: Honor & Glory in Singapore
Vietnam’s Thanh Vu (right) will face Chinese bantamweight Xian Ji at ONE FC: Honor & Glory in Singapore on May 30. ONEFC.COM

Five bouts added to ONE FC card

One Fighting Championship has added five additional fights to its mixed martial arts card, ONE FC: Honor & Glory, which is set to take place on May 30 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The event, which will be headlined by American welterweight king Ben Askren making his ONE FC debut against Bakhtiyar Abbasov of Azerbaijan, will also feature an exciting bantamweight bout between China’s top MMA star Xian Ji and rising Vietnam prospect Thanh “Aladdin” Vu.

Heavyweights Alain Ngalani, a Cameroonian-born kickboxing specialist who now represents Hong Kong, and Britain’s Chi Lewis Parry will also clash in the ONE FC cage, while Singaporeans Radeem Rahman and Stephen Langdown will both get the opportunity to achieve consecutive wins in Asia’s leading MMA organisation when they take on Malaysia’s Raymond Tan and Casey Suire of the US respectively.

Lastly, Malaysian welterweight Nik Harris will face up with a familiar foe in Canada’s Brad Robinson.

“ONE FC returns to the Singapore Indoor Stadium with the most stacked lineup of fights in the history of ONE FC,” ONE FC CEO Victor Cui stated in a news release yesterday. “Fans in Singapore have been eagerly awaiting the return of world-class mixed martial arts action since our last event in October last year.”

Xian (11-2) has made a reputation for himself as one of the best cage fighters coming out of China, having gone undefeated in his first eight fights including capturing the Legend bantamweight championship. Known as “The Executioner”, the 26-year-old’s signing with ONE FC will provide Xian the opportunity to test himself in the talent-laden bantamweight division.

Thanh Vu (3-3), a decorated grappler in his native Australia, has rapidly become a crowd favourite through his all-action style and will look to return to action with a win over the most high-profile opponent he has ever faced.

Four-time Muay Thai and kickboxing champion Ngalani (1-1) will enter the ONE FC cage again eager to entertain his fans. “The Panther” has wowed fans with his explosive striking and the 38-year-old used it to devastating effect, knocking out Egypt’s Mahmoud Hassan with a spinning wheel kick in his ONE FC debut last September.

Towering UK heavyweight champion Parry (5-0) has successfully made the transition from professional basketball to professional cage fighting, and will look to deploy the longest reach in the ONE FC division to full effect against Ngalani.

Rahman (1-0) was the first Singaporean to compete at ONE FC back in 2011, emerging victorious over Susovan Ghosh of India. Now fully recovered from an injury that has ruled him out of competing since, he looks to stamp his mark on the ONE FC bantamweight division with a resounding win in front of his home fans.

Tan (2-1) is a founding member of Penang Top Team and one of the most highly rated Malaysian bantamweights. Having begun training in taekwondo before moving into MMA, the 26-year-old is no stranger to competing in hostile territory after travelling to Jakarta and submitting hometown favourite Brianata Rosadhi in just 21 seconds last September.

Langdown (1-0) returns to the ONE FC cage after convincingly defeating Malaysia’s Marc Marcellinus on his debut last October. He now gets the chance to become the first Singaporean to record two wins for the promotion when he faces a fellow undefeated prospect.

Louisiana-born Suire (4-0), who beat Raymond Tan in ONE FC: Warrior Spirit in November, trains with jiu-jitsu black belt Niko Han and undefeated Indonesian star Fransino Tirta in Indonesia. He has finished all of his opponents so far and will aim to silence the 12,000 fans in Singapore.

Harris (5-2) trains at Selangor’s MuayFit alongside fellow ONE FC stars Peter Davis, Arnaud Lepont and Chen Yun Ting. “The Bloodhound” is eager to represent his country once again after his impressive victory against Indonesian MMA pioneer Zuli Silawanto last November.

The young Malaysian is relentless in going for the finish, having never gone to a decision in all his wins.

Fighting out of Singapore gym Fight G, Robinson (0-2) is known for his various talents including being a professional TV presenter at Cinemax. He made his professional MMA debut in a local competition in 2012 against Harris, winning via unanimous decision.

Robinson wants to prove that the first win over his rival was no fluke and with both fighters vastly improved since then, their rematch will likely be very different.

The next event, ONE FC: Rise of Heroes, will take place at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on May 2, featuring a ONE FC bantamweight world championship title bout between reigning champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes of Brazil and Japanese contender and ONE FC bantamweight Grand Prix winner Masakatsu Ueda.

Fans can catch all the action live on StarSports.

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