Malaysian standout Gianni Subba, 25, finds himself in a very fortunate position as he is on the cusp of a world title shot. He is scheduled to take on with Filipino-Australian spitfire Reece “Lightning” McLaren, 26, in a flyweight world title eliminator at “ONE: Visions of Victory,” which takes place at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on March 9, 2018.
The three-round flyweight encounter will serve as the night’s main event, with the winner to get a flyweight world title shot in the future. Originally, Subba was penciled to square off with former world title contender Danny “The King” Kingad, 22, on the same card.
Subba was called up to the headlining bout to replace ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 28. The latter was forced to pull out of his title defense versus McLaren due to an injury that he sustained in training.
The Malaysian dynamo is looking to follow up on his impressive August 2017 decision victory over ex-flyweight world title challenger Riku “The Outsider” Shibuya, 32, at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur. The former has been training consistently at Bali MMA in an effort to secure a world title opportunity.
“It is such a great opportunity to be in this position,” Subba said. “Every martial artist dreams to become a champion. If I win, I believe that I am one step away from vying for that belt. I am not going down that easy in this bout.”
Since October 2012, Subba has been competing under the ONE Championship banner since but it will be the first time that the main event spotlight will be on him. For him, it feels extra special as he will headline a ONE Championship event in front of his family and countrymen.
“Competing at home is always really cool,” Subba stated. “We get all these family members and friends to come out. The crowd really supports us, and that really helps a lot.”
Here is a short clip featuring Subba: