One Fighting Championship
has made several additions to its
upcoming fight bill, including a featherweight title fight and a
third bantamweight grand prix pairing.
6 takes place Oct. 6 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in
Kallang, Singapore, and will see the promotion crown its first
three champions. Honorio
Banario has been officially revealed as the first competitor
for the One FC featherweight title, and he is expected to rematch
Young Kwon, according to a source close to the event. However,
promotion officials have yet to verify Kwon as his opponent.
The pay-per-view event will also see Filipino standout Kevin
Belingon take on two-time Dream vet Yusup
Saadulaev in the third announced bantamweight grand prix
quarterfinal. A fourth quarterfinal pairing is expected to be
announced prior to the event.
Additionally, hard-hitting middleweight Melvin
Manhoef has been given an opponent for his second One FC
appearance, as the Dutchman now faces reigning middleweight King of
Kawamura. Rounding out the new announcements is a flyweight
confrontation between Radeem
Rahman and Gianni
Subba and a featherweight showdown pitting Ngabdi
Mulyadi against Mitch
Banario suffered his lone career defeat to Kwon in his One FC debut
on Feb. 11, submitting to a rear-naked choke just 56 seconds into
their bout at One FC 2. The Filipino standout rebounded with a win
at One FC 5, however, stopping Andrew
Benibe on Aug. 31 via technical knockout.
The URCC's reigning 129-pound belt holder, Belingon has stumbled in
both of his most recent bouts after beginning his career a perfect
9-0. “The Silencer” is still searching for his first One FC
victory, as he was submitted by Masakazu
Imanari in March before dropping a unanimous verdict to
Chul Kim five months later at One FC 5.
Saadulaev, 27, makes his promotional debut against Belingon. The
bantamweight last competed on New Year's Eve at Dream's year-end
show, finishing Hideo Tokoro
with a brutal slam just 42 seconds into their contest. “Maestro”
owns six of his nine career wins by submission and has tasted
defeat just once in his four-year pro career.
Manhoef, 36, saw action just one week ago, taking a split decision
from Jae Young
Kim at Road FC 9 in South Korea. Prior to that triumph, “No
Mercy” had gone winless in his last four outings, falling to
Mizuno and Tim Kennedy
before drawing with Yoshiyuki
Nakanishi on March 31 at One FC 3.
Formerly the light heavyweight King of Pancrase, Kawamura, 31,
captured the promotion's vacant middleweight crown on Jan. 28,
knocking out Ikkei
Nagamura with a knee after outpointing Yuji
Hisamatsu earlier that evening. “Rambo” then defended his belt
on June 2, finishing Pride Fighting Championships veteran Shungo Oyama
with a first-round soccer kick.
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