Li Kai Wen, 22, of China was originally slated to face Rodian Menchavez, 23, of the Philippines at “ONE: Quest for Gold.” However, the latter was forced to withdraw from the contest due to an injury.
Another Filipino fighter, Roel “Akiyama” Rosauro, 29, accepted the offer to step in for compatriot Menchavez and square off against an up-and-coming martial arts dynamo like Li. “ONE: Quest for Gold” will mark Rosauro’s ONE Championship debut.
“Roel Rosauro is my new opponent now, and I need to adopt quickly to his style,” Li said. “But our game plan is still the same, and I will execute that on 23 February.”
Because of the world-class training he has been receiving, Li is feeling extra confident, supposing that he holds the advantage in every area of the game. He said, “I have better Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling.”
“I will outclass him in striking, too,” Li said of Rosauro. “There is no pressure. I will step in the cage again, get the win and make the crowd go crazy.”
Currently, Rosauro holds a record of 3 wins and 1 loss while Menchavez has 4 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, Li has 6 wins and 4 losses.
Li made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Dynasty of Champions” on December 19, 2014. He defeated his fellow Chinese fighter Nannan He, 26, via technical knockout via punches.
After He, Rosauro defeated his next three opponents namely Wang Ya Wei, 24, Nathan “Pretty Boy” Ng, 31, and Yang Sen, 23. Wang, Ng ang Yang are all from China.
On April 15, 2016, Li had his first loss inside the ONE Championship cage. He was knocked out at “ONE: Global Rivals” by Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 28, who is now the reigning ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion.