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ONE FC finalises Manila card

ONE FC finalises Manila card

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Lowen Tynanes of Hawaii defeats South Africa’s Vuyisile Colossa by rear naked choke in their ONE FC fight in Kuala Lumpur on February 2. ONEFC.COM

One Fighting Championship yesterday announced the remaining three undercard bouts for their ONE FC: Rise to Power event slated for May 31 at the MOA Arena in Manila.

Up and coming Hawaiian fighter Lowen Tynanes will battle the seasoned Swiss lightweight Felipe Enomoto, while MMA veteran Tim Sylvia of the US is back in action against heavyweight compatriot Tony Johnson Jr. Meanwhile, American bantamweight and fan favourite Ryan Diaz will take on Russian ace Yusup Saadulaev.

The fight night is presented by Casino Filipino and in association with Universal Reality Combat Championship.

Tynanes has already made a big impression by winning fights against top opponents in the Philippines, Japan and Malaysia. The high school wrestling champion silenced the home-crowd in Manila by stopping Filipino Eduard Folayang with a vicious elbow.

In his last outing at ONE FC in February, the 22-year-old also defeated Hong Kong-based South African fighter Vuyisile Colossa via rear naked choke.

Enomoto once again enters the ONE FC cage as the underdog, despite establishing himself as one of the toughest and most durable fighters in Asia. However, the 30-year-old will be looking for a decisive victory in the early stages.

One of the most frightening figures the MMA world has ever witnessed is Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia. Towering at over two metres tall, this brute of a man poses a serious threat to every heavyweight fighter in the world.

Sylvia, 37, has fought over 30 times, won numerous championships and knocked out countless opponents. Sylvia’s unusual combination of size and quickness has ushered in a new era of monstrous, weight-cutting big men who seek total domination of their smaller counterparts.

His opponent on May 31 is also an imposing heavyweight fighter and considered a top prospect in the division. Tony Johnson Jr is famed for being a fast striker and is currently on a two-fight win streak, but is making his debut at ONE FC.  

Ryan Diaz has been training in MMA for over 10 years and already has thirteen professional wins to his name, continuing to perfect his background in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai and boxing.

He possesses incredible power and strength and is much more experienced than his Russian rival, Yusup Saadulaev, who is searching for his first ONE FC victory in three attempts.  

The three bouts fill out the undercard for ONE FC: Rise to Power which includes a welterweight contest between Phil Baroni (US) and Nobutatsu Suzuki (JAP) and a lightweight fight featuring Eduard Folayang (PHI) and Kamal Shalorus (IRN).

The main card starts with two flyweight match-ups of Andrew Lione (US) versus Geje Eustaquio (PHI) and Rey Docyogen (PHI) against Yasuhiro Urushitan (JAP).

Filipino hope Kevin Belingon will then take on Japan’s Masakatsu Ueda in the final of the ONE FC Bantamweight Grand Prix before Bibiano Fernandes of Brazil squares off with Koetsu Okazaki of Japan for the ONE FC Interim Bantamweight World title.

The night is headlined by Honorio Banario of the Philippines making his ONE FC featherweight world title defence against Japanese fighter Koji Oishi.