14 March 2018 – Manila, Philippines: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced “ONE: Heroes of Honor,” which is set for April 20, 2018 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Fans will once again be witness to another evening of world class martial arts action delivered by the absolute best in local and international martial arts talent.
In the main event, hometown favorite Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, 30, of the Philippines takes on Andrew Leone, 28, of the United States. In one of the matches on the main card, Marat “Cobra” Gafurov, 33, of Dagestan, Russia will face Emilio “The Honey Badger” Urrutia, 31, of Miami, Florida, United States.
A martial artist with 15 wins and only 1 loss, Gafurov is a high-level grappler with 11 of his wins coming by impressive submission over top-caliber opponents. He is the former ONE Featherweight World Champion.
A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Gafurov captured the featherweight title in 2015 with a gutsy victory over former champion Narantungalag Jadambaa in an epic battle. In Gafurov’s last bout, he suffered a shock defeat at the hands of now reigning two-division champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Vietnam.
Gafurov would like nothing more than to regain his championship mettle. In his next bout, he will be taking on Urrutia, who made his professional debut in 2013.
Since Urrutia’s promotional debut, he has produced a solid 11-4 record. He is the former SFC Bantamweight Champion and known as a skilled grappler.
Out of Urrutia’s 11 total victories, 4 have come by submission. In his last bout, he continued his winning streak in ONE Championship with a knockout victory over Bruno “Puccibull” Pucci, 27. Training out of Thailand, Urrutia looks to continue his run through the featherweight ranks and will take on a former ONE Featherweight World Champion next.
Here is the complete “ONE: Heroes of Honor” fight card:
Kevin Belingon vs Andrew Leone
Global Rule Set: 65.8kg
Giorgio Petrosyan vs Jo Nattawut
ONE Super Series: 70.0kg
Honorio Banario vs Adrian Pang
Global Rule Set: 77.1kg
Nong-O Gaiyanghadao vs Fabio Pinca
ONE Super Series: 67.0kg
Marat Gafurov vs Emilio Urrutia
Global Rule Set: 70.3kg
Brad Riddell vs Regian Eersel
ONE Super Series: 78.0kg
Gina Iniong vs Jenny Huang
Global Rule Set: 52.2kg
Masakazu Imanari vs Kevin Chung
Global Rule Set: 65.8kg
Adrian Mattheis vs Lan Ming Qiang
Global Rule Set: 56.7kg
Ticket information for ONE: HEROES OF HONOR is available at www.onefc.com.