Fresh off the back of its successful debut in Taiwan last Friday, Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organisation ONE Fighting Championship has announced four bouts for its inaugural card in Dubai, ONE FC: Reign of Champions, set to pack out the Dubai World Trade Centre on August 29.
Four ONE FC world titles will be on the line at the Emirates event, with the headlining match already confirmed as a contest for the welterweight belt between Japanese holder Nobutatsu Suzuki (11-1-2) and wrestling doyen Ben Askren (13-0) of the US.
To compliment this highly-anticipated clash will be the co-main event of the evening, which sees ONE FC lightweight world champion Shinya Aoki (35-6) of Japan defending his title against Iranian MMA veteran Kamal Shalorus (9-3-2).
American MMA superstar and film actor Roger Huerta (21-7-1) will face undefeated English lightweight Christian Holley (10-0), and former WBO and IBA boxing world champion Ana Julaton (1-0) of the US will return to the ONE FC cage to take on Russia’s decorated wushu and kickboxing champion Irina Mazepa.
The Dubai event will also feature a battle between top featherweights Herbert Burns (3-0) of Brazil and Japan’s Hiroshige Tanaka (10-1).