UFC vet Kamal Shalorus signs with ONE FC, meets Eduard Folayang in May


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

kamal-shalorus-7.jpgKamal Shalorus will return for the first time since his UFC release this past summer.

The Iranian lightweight has signed with ONE FC and will meet Eduard Folayang (12-3) in May. Shalorus (7-3-2) recently announced the news on his Facebook page, and the booking has been reported by additional sources, including AXS TV’s “Inside MMA.”

ONE FC 9 takes place May 31 at SM Mall of Asia Arena near Manila, Philippines.

Shalorus started his career 4-0-1 before signing with the WEC, where he then went 3-0-1 before the merger with the UFC. Of his four fights there, the lone bout without a win was a split draw against former champ Jamie Varner – a fight in which Shalorus lost a point for groin strikes.

But the former Olympic-level wrestler struggled in the UFC, dropping fights to Jim Miller, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Rafael dos Anjos, all by stoppage, and was released. Those three losses were the only ones of his career.

Folayang, one of the Philippines’ most popular fighters, will be looking to get back on track after a December TKO loss from a doctor’s stoppage. Prior to that, he had won seven of eight fights, including a 2-1 mark under the ONE FC banner with decision wins over Felipe Enomoto and A Sol Kwon. Seven of his 12 wins have come by stoppage, including five knockouts.

ONE FC 9 also will feature a bantamweight title fight between champion Honorario Benario and Bae Young Kwon, and Bibiano Fernandes also is expected to return on the card, riding a five-fight win streak.

For the latest on ONE FC 9, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Kamal Shalorus)

view original article >>

Related News

  • 10 days ago
  • 43 views

Following his UFC release, ONE FC has signed 'the Truth' Brandon Vera. Brandon Vera has been representing the Philippines during his entire fighting career, but while he has had countless visits throughout the years, the Filipino-American fighter has never fought in the country itself. Once thought to be the perfect mainstay for a card in Manila, Vera never really had a chance to compete in front of Filipinos as the promotion kept delaying that long overdue event in Manila. Following his UFC rel more

  • 10 days ago
  • 32 views

Fans haven't see the last of "The Truth." Not long after Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) parted ways with longtime heavyweight veteran Brandon Vera, ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC) added the aging combat sports mainstay to its ever-expanding roster, according to a tweet sent out on Sunday. Which is a win/win for both sides, considering how often the promotion stages events in Philippines. Vera, 36, was at one time considered a future champion, racking up eight straight wins and finishing more

  • 10 days ago
  • 18 views

Brandon Vera has found a home for himself after being released from the UFC. One FC announced Sunday the signing of "The Truth", who is expected to make his promotional debut later this year. The promotion didn’t announce if the 36-year-old veteran will compete at light heavyweight or heavyweight. Vera (12-7, 1 no-contest) fights outside the Octagon for the first time since 2005, when he won a one-night tournament under the WEC banner. The Alliance MMA fighter, who once aimed to win two UFC titl more

  • 9 days ago
  • 48 views

After 16 fights in the UFC over a stretch of nearly nine years, Brandon Vera has a new fighting home.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News more

  • 8 days ago
  • 16 views

It is not yet determined if she will be competing at strawweight or atomweight. Kirstie Gannaway is set to become the third female Singaporean fighter to sign with ONE FC and there are such high hopes for the 23 year old, who has a background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), boxing and Wushu, that she has also been offered a full time position on the Evolve MMA Fight Team. Women's MMA has taken off in the last year as the UFC has finally allowed female fighters to compete, but ONE FC has been open more

  • 28 days ago
  • 32 views

Thomas Almeida got what he wanted. The Chute Boxe bantamweight told MMAFighting.com last week that he wanted to knock Caio Machado out to win the Legacy FC 135-pound title and sign with the UFC, and that’s exactly what happened. According to sources close to the situation, he signed a deal with the UFC on Tuesday. MMA Premium first reported the news. Almeida stopped Machado with 33 seconds left in the first round to win the Legacy FC gold, improving to 17-0 in MMA with 17 finishes. He got past t more

  • 27 days ago
  • 47 views

Dan Henderson may eventually return to the middleweight division, but the UFC light heavyweight said it’s not a done deal.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC more

  • 20 days ago
  • 25 views

ONE FC will make its first trip to Dubai in August, and the card will feature four championship fights. Lightweight champion Shinya Aoki will put his title on the line against Kamal Shalorus, while welterweight champion Nobutatsu Suzuki takes on former Bellator kingpin Ben Askren in a five-round bout, ONE FC announced Thursday. ONE FC 19 takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai, UAE, on August 29. The promotion has yet to announce the other title fights. Aoki (35-6, 1 no-contest) put more

  • 20 days ago
  • 104 views

The UFC has added a female bout to the Fight Night card in Maine. Last seen in the Octagon in a title fight against bantamweight superstar Ronda Rousey in February, Sara McMann returns to action against UFC newcomer Lauren Murphy on Aug. 16, the promotion announced Thursday. McMann (7-1) looks to bounce back in the win column for the first time in her career after suffering a 66-second loss to Rousey at UFC 170. With a 1-1 record under the UFC banner, the Olympic silver medalist in wrestling hol more