MMA, martial arts

Laura Balin: Xiong Jing Nan is a great champion

Xiong Jing Nan, Laura Balin

Xiong Jing Nan, Laura Balin

ONE Championship debutante Laura “La Gladiadora” Balin of Argentina is set to challenge reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan of China at “ONE: Pinnacle of Power.” This is a rare opportunity for the Argentinian challenger because a mixed martial artist’s promotional debut and title bout normally do not happen in the same event.

“It is an absolute honor to be here in Macau, competing in the co-main event of this spectacular card,” Balin stated. “This is my first appearance in ONE Championship and I am going to make the most of it.”

“To everyone watching this Saturday night, get ready because I am going to shock the world,” the Argentinian MMA fighter added. “Xiong Jing Nan is a great champion, but I’m here now and I’m coming to take the belt. This is going to be a very exciting fight and I can’t wait.”

The bout between Balin and Xiong will be the co-main event of “ONE: Pinnacle of Power,” which will take place at the Studio City Center in Macau, China on June 23, 2018. In the main event, ONE Interim Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio of the Philippines will challenge reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes of Brazil.

On June 20, 2018, Balin, Xiong, Eustaquio and Moraes attended the official face-off of “ONE: Pinnacle of Power” at the Ruínas da Antiga Catedral de São Paulo in Santo Antonio, Macau, China along with 18 other ONE Championship athletes. Here is the complete fight card:

  1. Mario Satya Wirawan vs Rin Saroth (Mixed Martial Arts: 65.8kg)
  2. Ma Hao Bin vs Danny Kingad (Mixed Martial Arts: 61.2kg)
  3. Li Kai Wen vs Rodian Menchavez (Mixed Martial Arts: 70.3kg)
  4. Rui Botelho vs Yukinori Ogasawara (ONE Super Series Muay Thai: 61.2kg)
  5. Alain Ngalani vs Tarik Khbabez (ONE Super Series Kickboxing: 120.2kg)
  6. Lerdsila Phuket Top Team vs Sok Thy (ONE Super Series Muay Thai: 61.2kg)
  7. Narantungalag Jadambaa vs Edward Kelly (Mixed Martial Arts: 70.3kg)
  8. Ev Ting vs Koji Ando (Mixed Martial Arts: 77.1kg)
  9. Petchmorrakot Wor. Sangprapai vs Fabrice Fairtex Delannon (ONE Super Series Muay Thai: 67.0kg)
  10.  Xiong Jing Nan vs Laura Balin (Mixed Martial Arts: 56.7kg, ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship, Co-Main Event)
  11. Adriano Moraes vs Geje Eustaquio (Mixed Martial Arts: 61.2kg, ONE Flyweight World Championship Unification Bout, Main Event)

Watch a “ONE: Pinnacle of Power” teaser here:

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