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Manhoef v Larson added to ONE FC: Kings & Champions

Manhoef v Larson added to ONE FC: Kings & Champions

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Melvin Manhoef walks away after knocking out Japanese MMA veteran Ryo Rambo Kawamura with a single hit to the chin in their ONE FC cage fight in Singapore in October. ONEFC.COM

ONE Fighting Championship, Asia’s leading mixed martial arts promotion, announced yesterday a further fillip to their April 5 fight card in Singapore, with Dutch-Surinamese knockout specialist Melvin “No Mercy”

Manhoef (27-9-1) to square off against US fighter Brock Larson (36-7-0). The ONE FC: Kings & Champions event will be screened live across the region on Star Sports as well as on local channel MyTV in Cambodia.

ONE FC CEO Victor Cui stated in a press release: “I’m beyond excited to see two of the most thrilling middleweights in the world square off at the state-of-the art Singapore Indoor Stadium.

“Melvin Manhoef vs Brock Larson has all the ingredients for a possible Fight of the Night, with one of the world’s most-feared strikers squaring off against a grappler who has submitted 24 opponents in his career. I know fans cannot wait to watch these warriors collide on April 5.”

Manhoef is a legendary hard-hitter, having finished 25 MMA opponents with his thunderous punches. The 36-year-old’s reputation inside the cage has steadily grown over the years with defeats of some of the world’s best fighters.

Larson, meanwhile, is the latest top North American fighter to sign with ONE FC and one of the most experienced in the middleweight division.

He holds notable wins over John Alessio, Carlo Prater and Mike Pyle. Having worked his way to the top of the North American welterweight division, 35-year-old Larson is now stepping up a weight-class as he seeks to make a name for himself on the largest stage in Asian MMA. He is currently on a three-fight win streak and will look to make it four when he locks horns with Manhoef on April 5.

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