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ONE FC finish off Singapore card with three huge battles

Hong Kong’s Eddie Ng, pictured here pounding a grounded Arnaud Depont of France at ONE FC
Hong Kong’s Eddie Ng, pictured here pounding a grounded Arnaud Depont of France at ONE FC: Kings & Champions in Singapore 12 months ago, will take on Vincent Latoel of the Netherlands on May 30. ONEFC.COM

ONE FC finish off Singapore card with three huge battles

ONE Fighting Championship has confirmed the final three fights to its 10-bout mixed martial arts fight card, ONE FC: Honor & Glory, which will rock the Singapore Indoor Stadium on May 30.

Hong Kong lightweight Eddie ‘The Magician’ Ng will put his undefeated streak on the line when he meets top Dutch kickboxer Vincent Latoel.

Former ONE FC featherweight world champion, Honorio Banario of the Philippines, is also set to return to action as he takes on the challenge of Mongolian cage fighter Jadambaa Narantungalag.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu no-gi grappling champion Bruno Pucci rounds off the late additions with a featherweight match against exciting American prospect Major Overall.

Ng (7-1) holds one of the best winning streaks in ONE FC, having racked up four consecutive wins over the region’s best lightweights. The prodigious 28-year-old mixed martial artist began his career by learning techniques through watching video tapes, eventually travelling to Singapore where he has now settled as a member of the Evolve Fight Team.

Latoel (14-14-2) is a globe-trotting fighter who has made a career out of putting on exciting bouts. A win over Ng would propel the 35-year-old Dutchman up the rankings and establish him as a potential contender for the lightweight title.

Banario (8-3) is a wushu practitioner who rose up to become the inaugural ONE FC Featherweight World Champion in February last year. At the age of 24, he is 16 years younger than his opponent Narantungalag, who is entering the ONE FC cage for the first time but holds an identical MMA record to the Filipino. Considered the best cage fighter to emerge from his country, Narantungalag channels the iconic Mongolian warrior spirit when he competes.

Pucci (3-0) has won over fight fans around the world with his impressive ONE FC debut, where he locked in a rear naked choke and submitted Pakistan MMA pioneer Bashir Ahmad in the first round. The Brazilian is a decorated no-gi grappling champion who has remained undefeated since transitioning to mixed martial arts.

Overall (4-1) is a fighter never lacking in confidence, and has significantly improved his striking since moving to Asia.

The May 30 event will be headlined by an epic welterweight clash between ONE FC newcomers Ben Askren (12-0) of the US and Azerbaijan’s Bakhtiyar Abbasov (11-2).

Meanwhile, ONE FC: Rise of Heroes is set to pack out the 20,000-seater SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, the Philippines, tomorrow night.

The 10-bout card is capped off by the Bantamweight ONE FC World Champion title match between belt holder Bibiano ‘The Flash’ Fernandes of Brazil and Japan’s Masakatsu Ueda.


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