Filipino-Australian dynamo Reece “Lightning” McLaren, 26, was originally penciled to challenge Adriano Moraes, 28, for the ONE Flyweight World Championship in the main event of “ONE: Visions of Victory” on March 9, 2018 at the newly-renovated Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. However, the Brazilian champion pulled out of the contest due to an injury.
With Moraes out of the picture, McLaren turns his attention to Subba. The latter has been a household name in ONE Championship’s flyweight division, facing the likes Eugene Toquero, Saiful Merican, Anatpong Bunrad, Riku Shibuya and current ONE Interim Flyweight World Champion Geje Eustaquio.
“Gianni Subba is my new opponent now, and I need to adapt quickly to his style,” McLaren said. “But our game plan is still the same, and I will execute that on 9th of March.”
A winner of six of his last seven bouts, Subba is a seasoned athlete with a stellar 9-2 standing in his young career. Five of his nine wins have come either by submission or by crowd-pleasing knockout.
McLaren expects Subba to leave everything on the line as the Malaysian standout is driven to elevate himself in the upper echelon of ONE Championship’s 61.2-kilogram weight class. The stakes are incredibly high for McLaren, unveiling that he is preparing himself to be in the best shape of his life against Subba at “ONE: Visions of Victory.”
“I see this match as a very exciting one because I know that Gianni Subba is a well-rounded martial artist,” McLaren said of his next opponent. “He is hungry because I know he wants to be in my position.”
McLaren knows that a convincing win over a division mainstay like Subba will leave no doubt that he is the rightful contender for the ONE Flyweight World Championship title. The Filipino-Australian fighter said, ““I am not taking him for granted, which is why I am completely focused on my upcoming bout.”
“This is a dangerous game we play, and we cannot underestimate anybody,” McLaren added. “I need to be at my absolute best. I will do my best to ace my test this March 9.”