Brazil’s Rafael Nunes honored to face Philippines’ Eric Kelly at ‘ONE: Global Superheroes’

Chatri Sityodtong, Kevin Benning, Kairat Akhtemov, Lan Ming Qiang, Rafael Nunes

Chatri Sityodtong, Kevin Benning, Kairat Akhtemov, Lan Ming Qiang, Rafael Nunes

22 January 2018 – Manila, Philippines: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), held the official “ONE: Global Superheroes” kick-off press conference on January 22, 2018 at the Manila Grand Ballroom of the City of Dreams in Paranaque, Metro Manila, Philippines. In attendance were Geje Eustaquio, Joshua Pacio and Eric Kelly of the Philippines as well as Kairat Akhmetov of Kazakhstan, Lan Ming Qiang of China and Rafael Nunes of Brazil.

Eustaquio and Akhtemov will be competing for the ONE Interim Flyweight World Championship in the headline bout of “ONE: Global Superheroes,” which takes place on January 26, 2018 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. The strawweight bout between Pacio and Lan will be the co-main event while Kelly and Nunes will compete in the featherweight division in the main card.

“I feel so honored to face a Filipino martial arts veteran like Eric Kelly in my return to ONE Championship,” Nunes stated. “I see me keeping the match standing, and I will be using my distance to box with him and use some kicks. If he wants to go to the ground, I will be trying to finish him.”

Hailing from Sao Paulo, Nunes holds a 10-1 record. All but one of his 10 wins ended within the distance.

Nunes is the former Premier FC Lightweight Champion and has steamrolled through the competition in his home country with a knack for winning by exciting finish. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt, he is equally comfortable finishing his opponents by submission or by strikes.

The Brazilian fighter is looking forward to showcasing his multifaceted skill set in his next bout. He will face a tough challenge when he takes on Kelly.

Present during the “ONE: Global Superheroes” kick-off press conference were ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, Global Citizen co-founder and Managing Director Wei Soo and City of Dreams Manila Vice President for Gaming Operations Kevin Benning. The event was also graced by three Global Citizens ambassadors namely ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera, ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee and former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang.

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