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‘ONE: Immortal Pursuit’ in Singapore has 10 bouts

Amir Khan, Adrian Pang, Ben Askren, Shinya Aoki

Amir Khan, Adrian Pang, Ben Askren, Shinya Aoki (Facebook/ONE Championship)

17 November 2017 – Singapore: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced the full card for “ONE: Immortal Pursuit” set for Nov. 24, Friday, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Fans will be treated to another exciting evening of authentic martial arts action, as the best martial artists in the world take to the ONE Championship cage.

In the main event, reigning ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben “Funky” Askren, 33, will defend his title against former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 34, while Amir Khan, 22, of Singapore is taking on Adrian “The Hunter” Pang, 40, of Australia in the co-main event. Here are the eight other bouts in the fight card:

  1. Leandro “Brodinho” Issa vs Dae Hwan Kim

Leandro “Brodinho” Issa, 34, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion black belt from Sao Paulo, Brazil, who trains and competes out of the world-renowned Evolve Fight Team in Singapore. With a record of 14 wins and six losses, including nine wins by submission and two by knockout, Issa has proven to be an exciting competitor with a penchant for spectacular victories. A pioneer of ONE Championship’s bantamweight division, Issa will take on South Korean martial artist Dae Hwan “Ottogi” Kim, 30, in his next assignment.

Kim owns a professional record of 12-1 with one draw. He joined the promotion in 2013, posting victories over Thanh Vu and Kevin Belingon in his first two bouts in ONE Championship. In 2014, Kim challenged Bibiano Fernandes, 37, for the ONE Bantamweight World Championship. With incredible striking prowess and solid grappling ability, Kim is one of the top contenders at bantamweight, and will look to make his return to the ONE Championship cage a successful one when he takes on Issa.

  1. May Ooi vs Vy Srey Khouch

Singaporean female strawweight contender “Mighty” May Ooi, 40, is a martial artist with a professional record of 3-2. A former champion swimmer, she represented Singapore in the 1992 Summer Olympics held in Barcelona. Today, she is one of Singaopre’s most talented martial artists, and a hard-working competitor possessing well-rounded striking and grappling skills.

In Ooi’s most recent contest, she scored a thrilling upset, defeating Malaysia’s Ann “Athena” Osman, 31, by first-round submission in her promotional debut. Ooi is now set to make her second appearance inside the ONE Championship cage opposite Cambodia’s Vy Srey Khouch, 22.

Vy is a highly-regarded Cambodian martial artist and former female boxer who competed in numerous international competitions. A national Khun Khmer champion in her native Cambodia, she made her professional debut in 2015, winning by decision at “ONE: Kingdom of Khmer.”

In Vy’s most recent bout, she fell just short of victory against Osman at “ONE: Throne of Tigers.”

  1. Li Kai Wen vs Ahmed Mujtaba

Li Kai Wen, 22, of Tianjin is the ONE Featherweight Beijing Tournament 2014 Champion and is one of the most fearsome young competitors from China. He utilizes his tremendous striking ability and aggression to overwhelm foes with his offense, which has resulted in a series of impressive highlight reel stoppages so far in his young career.

On Li’s way to becoming a complete martial artist, he will be faced with a tough challenge in fellow rising star Ahmed “The Wolverine” Mujtaba, 24. The latter is a Pakistani martial artist competing in ONE Championship’s stacked featherweight division.

Mujtaba owns an impressive professional record of eight wins with only one defeat, with almost all of his wins coming by spectacular finish. He is known for his tremendous grappling technique which has led to four submissions out of eight total victories.

  1. Mei Yamaguchi vs Gina Iniong

Japanese martial arts veteran Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi, 34, is a female atomweight standout and a former ONE world title challenger from Tokyo. She is the DEEP Jewels Featherweight Champion, and owns seven submissions and two knockouts in her 27-bout professional career.

In 2016, Yamaguchi challenged Angela Lee, 31, for the inaugural ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship in an epic showdown that would later win multiple Bout of the Year honors from international media publications.

In Yamaguchi’s last bout, she submitted top contender Jenny Huang, 26, impressively within two rounds. Yamaguchi will now take on fast-rising Gina Iniong, 27, of Baguio City, Philippines.

A top Filipino women’s martial arts contender, Iniong is a six-time national wushu champion and member of the renowned Team Lakay. She owns a professional record of 6-2, with four of her six victories coming by thrilling finish, including two highlight-reel submissions and two knockouts. In her last bout, she impressed once again, defeating tough competitor Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol, 29, by TKO.

  1. Arnaud LePont vs Richard Corminal

Arnaud “The Game” LePont, 37, is a lightweight veteran from France who sports a professional record of 11 wins and 5 losses. A fixture in the Asian martial arts scene, he is well-known in local martial arts circles and lives and trains in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

A Pan-Asian Absolute BJJ Champion, LePont made his promotional debut in 2012, and has since notched two hard-earned victories in the ONE Championship cage. He now returns to action after a short break to take on Richard Corminal, 35, a Filipino martial artist based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Corminal is a Filipino lightweight competitor with a professional record of 4 wins and 2 losses, with each of his career victories to date coming by way of knockout. In his most recent bout, he debuted inside the ONE Championship cage opposite Thai martial arts star Shannon Wiratchai, 28. Corminal now aims for redemption, as he takes on LePont in his second appearance in the promotion.

  1. Yang Fei vs Muhammad Aiman

Yang “The Pugilist” Fei, 25, of Hubei, China, is a newcomer to ONE Championship, and one of the most promising young Chinese martial arts talents in the game. He sports a professional record of two victories and only one defeat, with both of his wins coming by finish.

Making his promotional debut, Yang will seek victory in a three-round bout against Muhammad Aiman, 22, a former amateur standout and is one of Malaysia’s top martial artists. Featuring a well-rounded skill set, Aiman has impressed in his time inside the ONE Championship cage, defeating Hisyam Samsudin, 26, by unanimous decision in his first fight inside the ONE Championship cage before stopping Brazilian grappler Eduardo Novaes, 37, in his second outing.

  1. Tiffany Teo vs Puja Tomar

Tiffany “Soul Crusher” Teo, 27, competes in ONE Championship’s women’s flyweight division and she holds an unblemished professional record of 6 wins, including two submissions and two knockouts, and 0 loss. Born in Brunei and raised in Singapore, she began training in taekwondo before moving on to compete in boxing and Muay Thai and eventually transitioning to the ONE Championship cage.

In Teo’s last bout, she impressed with a thorough decision victory over Rebecca “The Professor” Heintzman, 31. Teo’s next opponent is flyweight competitor Pooja Tomar, 24, a martial artist from India with a professional record of three wins and one loss. With a penchant for showcasing her solid striking skills, Tomar has recorded all three of her victories by knockout.

Tomar is a former India wushu champion. Competing largely in her home country of India, she now makes her way to the biggest stage in Asian martial arts as she is set to make her ONE Championship debut against a top Singaporean talent.

  1. Miao Li Tao vs Sim Bunsrun

Chinese bantamweight prospect Miao Li Tao, 24, and Cambodian Khun Khmer practitioner Sim Bunsrun, 25, are set to kick off all the action at “ONE: Immortal Pursuit” in the evening’s first bout offering. The two strikers will lock horns in an exciting three-round contest, setting the pace of what should be an amazing night of martial arts competition.

Ticket information for ONE: IMMORTAL PURSUIT is available at www.onefc.com.

 

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