ONE Fighting Championship announced the five remaining bouts for its return to Singapore on 5 April. Singaporean fighter Ronald Low makes his ONE FC debut against Malaysia’s Chen Yun Ting on the undercard while NCAA Division I wrestler and Princeton graduate Jake Butler faces Nuur Muhammad of India.
Russia’s Yusup Saadulaev meets Brazilian Leandro Issa in a Bantamweight bout while Wushu World Champion and former SEA games and Asian games gold medalist Rene S. Catalan of the Philippines faces Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Alex Silva. Also on the card, Pakistani MMA pioneer Bashir Ahmad meets Shannon Wiratchai of Thailand.
ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS will be broadcast live on STAR SPORTS across Asia. This historic moment will mark the first time ever a live Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event will be broadcast on the network. ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS will be available in 28 countries to an estimated 500 million viewers.
Fans from around the world can also witness the action online via livestreaming at www.onefc.livesport.tv. The undercard fights are available for viewing free-of-charge and the main card fights will be available for purchase at just US$9.99.
CEO of ONE Fighting Championship™ Victor Cui stated, “ONE FC will make history again on 5 April when we go live on STAR Sports for the first time across 28 countries to an estimated 500 million viewers. This is a huge step in the progress of ONE FC and is a testament to our ever-increasing following all across Asia. This event will be the biggest in ONE FC history and features the top names in MMA, headlined by a Lightweight World Championship showdown between submission ace Shinya Aoki and our reigning Lightweight World Champion Kotetsu Boku. The five fights added today feature Asia’s top fighters ensuring that this fight card is filled with exciting fights from the top to bottom. Close to 12,000 fans will pack the Singapore Indoor Stadium, making it the biggest fight card in Asia this year. Don’t miss it!”
The first fight of the night will revive the sporting rivalry between Singapore and Malaysia as Singapore’s Ronald Low faces Chen Yun Ting from Malaysia. Low is undefeated in his professional Muay Thai and MMA career. He will make his ONE FC debut in front of his fellow countrymen against top Malaysian MMA prospect Ting, who trains out of the famed Muayfit gym alongside ONE FC fighters Peter Davis, Eric Kelly and Arnaud Lepont.
Also on the undercard, NCAA Division I wrestler Butler returns after making a successful ONE FC debut last month in Malaysia. He now faces Bengal MMA Champion Muhammad.
The main card will begin with a bout between Pakistani MMA pioneer Ahmad, who is making his ONE FC debut, facing off against Wiratchai from Thailand. Both fighters carry undefeated professional records into this battle but only one will leave with his loss column intact.
Wushu World Champion, SEA games and Asian games gold medalist Catalan from the Philippines faces Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Silva in a Flyweight division battle. This clash of styles promises to be an exciting affair between two world champions in their respective martial art.
Issa is another Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion who trains at the world-class Evolve MMA gym in Singapore alongside title contender Aoki. Yusup Saadulaev is the former TFC Featherweight champion and is an outstanding wrestler from the Dagestan region in Russia. The winner of this bout will take a step closer to a Bantamweight title shot in the near future.