Three members of MMA’s first family will compete at One
FC 5 “Pride of a Nation”
on Aug. 31.
Gracie (Pictured) will square off with Tony Bonello
at light heavyweight, while Igor Gracie
will meet Jung Hwan
Cha at welterweight and Gregor
Gracie will take on Nicholas
Mann at middleweight.
Sherdog.com verified the matchups Friday with a source close to the
event, who also confirmed that Filipino talent Eduard
Folayang will lock horns with Swiss talent Felipe
Enomoto. One FC 5 takes place at Smart Araneta Coliseum in
Quezon City, Philippines, and features appearances from ex-UFC
Arlovski and Jens Pulver,
as well as former two-division Dream titlist Bibiano
Rolles, 34, has won three straight fights since his ill-fated
one-fight stint with the UFC in 2010, most recently stopping Pride
Sapp in just 78 seconds at One FC 2 in February. By contrast,
Bonello has not fought in over two years, capturing the King of the
Cage cruiserweight title in his last bout by submitting Mike Bourke
with an arm-triangle in February 2010.
Igor, 32, rides a four-fight winning streak into his inaugural One
FC appearance and was last seen submitting Manuelo
Morales in just 44 seconds. Cha saw a two-fight surge halted in
his last fight when he fell victim to a Roan
Carneiro armbar at Road FC 7.
A winner in four of his last five, 25-year-old Gregor suffered his
second career defeat in his most recent bout, a June 23 decision
loss at the hands of Adam
Shahir Kayoom. In Mann, he faces a five-fight pro who has won
four straight after dropping his first bout back in 2010.
The reigning URCC welterweight champion, Folayang had won six
consecutive fights before falling via split decision to Ole Laursen
on March 31. Enomoto’s lone win in his last four fights came over
Laursen, as he submitted “Iron Fist” with a rear-naked choke Feb.
11 at One FC 2.
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