19 February 2018 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced its return to Malaysia’s bustling capital city of Kuala Lumpur. ONE: VISIONS OF VICTORY is set to ignite the Axiata Stadium on 9 March with another evening of authentic martial arts action. In the main event, reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano Moraes of Brazil will defend his title against Reece “Lightning” McLaren of Australia. In the co-main event, former welterweight world title challenger Agilan “Alligator” Thani will take on Amitesh Chaubey.
Ticket information for ONE: VISIONS OF VICTORY is available at www.onefc.com.
Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “It’s going to be a phenomenal year for martial arts in Malaysia, as ONE Championship continues to showcase Asia’s greatest cultural treasure on the global stage. Malaysia has an incredible group of talented athletes and it is our privilege to share their amazing stories. ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano Moraes returns to action to face rising star Reece McLaren in what should be an epic showdown of top flyweights.”
29-year-old Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes of Brazil is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt with well-rounded striking and grappling skills. He is the reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion, and one of the most highly-skilled and dominant world champions in martial arts. Rarely opposed in the ONE Championship cage, Moraes has thoroughly defeated all-comers in his division, including talented Filipino flyweight Danny “The King” Kingad in his most recent title defense. Moraes will next defend his title against 26-year-old Reece “Lightning” McLaren, an Australian flyweight from Toowoomba, Australia, who sports a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and a BJJ record of 270-28-0.
Agilan “Alligator” Thani of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is a 22-year-old martial artist and one of the top welterweights in ONE Championship. In his next appearance, the young Malaysian has shown steady improvement in each outing and he will now face Amitesh Chaubey, a 27-year-old martial artist from Lucknow, India and a welterweight newcomer in ONE Championship.
19-year-old Christian “The Warrior” Lee, younger brother of reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee, began his professional career on an absolute tear, railing off five straight victories by thrilling finish. Known as a creative and fluid striker with unorthodox grappling technique, he is now set to face another Japanese veteran martial artist Kazunori Yokota of Chiba, Japan .
Malaysia’s Gianni Subba is a 25-year old flyweight talent from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. In his next assignment, the crafty wushu specialist Danny Kingad poses a stern challenge.
Luis “Sapo” Santos is a martial arts veteran from Brazil with over 70 fights on his record and over half of his wins ending by devastating knockout. Known for his aggressiveness and brute strength, he looks to continue finding success inside the ONE Championship cage in his next bout against 24-year-old Kiamrian Abbasov of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Women’s Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend Michelle Nicolini is a martial artist competing in the ONE Championship women’s strawweight division. In her next appearance, she is scheduled to take on 22-year-old Iryna “Delsa” Kyselova, a Europe West Fight Champion and a top-notch grappler.
Ahmed “Wolverine” Mujtaba is a Pakistani martial artist competing in ONE Championship’s stacked featherweight division. A former UGB MMA Featherweight Champion, Mujtaba makes his highly-anticipated return to the ONE Championship cage against freestyle wrestling standout Ma Jia Wen, a 21-year old martial artist from Tianjin, China with a 4-2 record.
Former amateur standout “Jungle Cat” Muhammad Aiman of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is one of the country’s fastest rising young martial arts talents. The 23-year-old former MIMMA Featherweight Champion based out of Bali, Indonesia is now set to take on his next challenge in the Philippines’ Burn “Hitman” Soriano of Ilocos Sur, Philippines.
18-year-old “Shadow Cat” Jihin Radzuan of Johor Bahru, Malaysia is a highly-touted young martial arts prospect and former FIOGA Wushu WOrld Champion making her ONE Championship debut. She will take her first step inside the ONE Championship cage in Kuala Lumpur to face atomweight competitor Puja Tomar from Muzaffarnagar, India.
Hisyam “Zephyrus” Samsudin of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia is a former WBF Asia-Pacific Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion who trains at the highly-regarded Borneo Tribal Squad with former female strawweight talent Ann “Athena” Osman and coach AJ “Pyro” Lias Mansor. Samsudin’s next assignment is against Liberian martial artist Jerome S. Paye.
Striking specialist Riski “King Kong” Umar is a 25-year-old ONE Championship flyweight contender from Ternate, Indonesia. Training out of Bali, Indonesia, Umar is set to return in his third appearance inside the ONE cage, this time against 30-year-old Khon Sichan of Siem Reap, Cambodia.