Three preliminary bouts have been signed for One FC 9, including a heavyweight showdown between former UFC titlist Tim Sylvia and ex-King of the Cage champ Tony Johnson Jr.

Subtitled “Rise to Power,” One FC 9 takes place May 31 from Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Philippines. The event streams live via online pay-per-view and is headlined by a featherweight title tilt between Honorio Banario and Koji Oishi.

In addition to the Sylvia-Johnson duel, the undercard will also see Lowen Tynanes square off with Felipe Enomoto at lightweight, while Ryan Diaz collides with Yusup Saadulaev at 135 pounds.

Sylvia, 37, exited the Octagon in 2008 and has never returned. The former two-time UFC champion made his One FC debut last August at “Pride of a Nation,” squaring off with nemesis Andrei Arlovski in the fourth meeting of their career, which ended in a no-contest after Arlovski landed a series of kicks to the head of a downed Sylvia before the referee had called “open attack.” Most recently, Sylvia was outpointed by Olympic judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii, falling to the Japanese talent on New Year’s Eve at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2012.

Johnson, meanwhile, returns to competition after nearly two years on the shelf. The heavyweight was last seen in June 2011, when he took a unanimous decision from Derrick Lewis at Bellator 46. Johnson bested Tony Lopez to became the KOTC heavyweight champ in March 2010 but was relieved of the title in his first defense, falling via first-round submission to future Strikeforce and UFC talent Daniel Cormier.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

On The Rise: UFC 199 Edition

  • 28 days ago
  • 2 views

The preliminary portion of UFC 199a contains a host of emerging talents that could one day be challenging for championship gold and taking part in the marquee matchups on a major event. This is the U read news >>

Former Lightweight Champ Anthony Pettis Moving to the Featherweight Division

  • 20 days ago
  • 87 views

After losing three consecutive bouts, former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis plans to make the move down to the featherweight division. read news >>

The Ultimate Fighter 23: Ep. 8 Preview

  • 20 days ago
  • 36 views

It's down to the final two fights in the preliminary round of The Ultimate Fighter, with Team Joanna still searching for their first win as Josh Stansbury looks to take out Abdel Medjedoub in the fin read news >>

The Ultimate Fighter 23: Ep. 9 Preview

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 views

It's time for the last preliminary fight in the opening round of The Ultimate Fighter, as the strawweights take center stage again, this time with British fighter Kate Jackson from Team Claudia takin read news >>

UFC 200 Preview: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar Interim Featherweight Title Fight

  • 2 days ago
  • 56 views

Despite all of the high profile bouts on the UFC 200 fight card, few promise the fireworks of Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar. read news >>