The first four fights for ONE FC: Destiny of Warriors, a show taking place in Kuala Lumpur on June 23, were announce this week; Renato Sobral vs. Tatsuya Mizuno, Masakazu Imanari vs. Leandro Issa, Arnaud Lepont vs. Eddie Ng, and Adam Kayoom vs. Gregor Gracie.
Sobral is a former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion and fought Chuck Liddell for the UFC title on two separate occasions. He will be looking to bounce back from his most recent loss to Dan Henderson when he takes on Mizuno in the main event. The Japanese fighter, who is has notched back-to-back wins in his last two outings, has faced more than his fair share of world class opponents like Mirko Filipovic and Melvin Manhoef.
The co-main event is also a battle between Brazil and Japan with leg lock wizard Imanari taking on BJJ world champion Issa. Both men are coming off ONE FC wins and the winner will be a strong contender to challenge for the bantamweight belt when it is introduced.
Meanwhile, Ng is one of the most famous fighters in South East Asia and has had a remarkable twelve months in which he has won two fights for ONE FC and seen his reputation soar. He will be up against France’s Lepont, a highly aggressive fighter who recently made a name for himself fighting for DARE Championship in Thailand.
Finally, the fourth fight announced is the one which will be of most interest to Malaysians because it features one of their own, Kayoom, going up against BJJ legend Gracie. Kayoom might not be as well known internationally as his opponent but he has a black belt in BJJ and is a former Muay Thai world champion who will have the overwhelming support of the crowd in the 10,200 capacity Stadium Negara behind him.
Fighters such as Phil Baroni, Yoshiyuki Yoshida, Rolles Gracie, Tatsuya Kawajiri, and Manhoef have all appeared on recent shows meaning a card of this caliber can only cement ONE FC’s status as Asia’s leading MMA promotion. More fights are expected to be announced over the course of the next week.
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