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Russia vs Moldova: Marat Gafurov, Iuri Lapicus to fight at ‘ONE: Warrior’s Code’ in Jakarta, Indonesia

Tomohiro Tsuruwa, Iuri Lapicus (© ONE Championship)

Tomohiro Tsuruwa, Iuri Lapicus (© ONE Championship)

Russia, Moldova and Italy will be represented at “ONE: Warrior’s Code.” It will be the first ONE Championship event to take place in Indonesia in 2020.

ONE Championship will hold “ONE: Warrior’s Code” at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on February 7, 2020. Featured on the fight card are not only mixed martial arts fights but also ONE Super Series contests, which are kickboxing and Muay Thai bouts.

Among the MMA fights is between Marat “Cobra” Gafurov, 35, of Russia and Iuri Lapicus, 24, who is fighting out of Moldova by way of Italy. They will compete in the lightweight division.

Born on October 22, 1995 in Moldova, Lapicus was 15 years old when he moved to Italy. He is training out of Team Petrosyan, which is based in Milan, Italy.

Marat Gafurov (©ONE Championship)

Marat Gafurov (©ONE Championship)

Gafurov was born in Russia on November 21, 1984. Competing professionally as an MMA fighter since 2010, he joined ONE Championship in 2014.

A former ONE Featherweight World Champion, Gafurov is training out of Top Team Makhachkala in Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia. He is coming out of a unanimous decision victory against Tetsuya “MMA Fantasista” Yamada, 29, of Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan in an MMA match in the featherweight division at “ONE: For Honor” took place at the Istora Senayan on May 4, 2019.

On the other hand, Lapicus has been competing professionally since 2014 and is now an undefeated fighter with 13 wins and 0 loss. He made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on May 17, 2019.

At “ONE: Enter the Dragon,” Lapicus fought Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai, 30, of Thailand in an MMA bout in the lightweight division. The undefeated Moldovan-Italian MMA fighter submitted his Thai opponent via rear-naked choke.

Headlining “ONE: Warrior’s Code” are Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy, 26, of Thailand and Jamal “Kherow” Yusupov, 36, of Russia. They will compete for the inaugural ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Championship.

“ONE: Warrior’s Code” marks the second outing of Lapicus in ONE Championship. It will be Gafurov’s 11th bout in the Singapore-based martial arts organization.

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