As the new year begins to set in, ONE Championship is releasing the first of what will be many fights in the first half of 2016.
The organisation has revealed the card for its first China event of 2016, taking place at the Changsha Stadium in China on 23 January.
Heading the card is a bantamweight world champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, who will defend his title against challenger Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of the Philippines.
Victor Cui, CEO of ONE Championship, said ONE Championship continues its dedication to cultivating the sport of mixed martial arts in China with another adrenaline-filled night of fights.
“This is a great way to start 2016 and is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s to come. Our success in Beijing sets the stage for an even better event in Changsha.”
Fernandes is one of the most dominant title holders in ONE Championship. Considered one of the best fighters in the world and is ranked as one of the top bantamweights, Fernandes has amassed a stellar professional record which hasn’t seen him lose a bout in the last five years.
Fernandes will now defend his title against a very strong competitor in Kevin Belingon.
Belingon of the famed Team Lakay stable in Baguio City, Philippines has long been one of the most exciting fighters in ONE Championship’s roster and now looks to make the most out of his much-anticipated crack at ONE Championship gold when he takes on the defending champion.
Li Kai Wen of China is on a three-fight win streak, clinching the Beijing Featherweight Tournament Championship with two wins in just one night and defeating opponent Nathan Ng by TKO in his most recent outing. An explosive finisher, Li brings electricity to the crowd with his fast-paced and powerful striking. He takes on Yang Sen in a matchup of Chinese featherweights.
Yang Sen enjoyed an eventful 2015, winning the second iteration of the Beijing Featherweight Tournament. His impeccable striking and well-calculated offense has brought him success inside the ONE Cage, as he looks to prove that Chinese fighters are truly world-class mixed martial artists. Yang will face off with compatriot Li Kai Wen in a battle of local martial arts superstars.
Toni Tauru will return to the ONE Cage after challenging for the bantamweight title in his last bout. Tauru owns a 10-2-1 MMA record with seven of his victories by submission.
Rounding out the card, Japanese MMA wildcard Riku Shibuya will take on Roy Doliguez of the Philippines, while Indonesian kickboxing champion Sunoto looks to continue his winning ways against Taiwan’s Sung Ming Yen.
Dynasty of Champions Changsha will also feature the Changsha Bantamweight Tournament, showcasing a series of local fighters to determine the tournament champion.
Tang De Fen will face 19-year old Zhou Biao in the Changsha Bantamweight Tournament Alternate Bout in what should be a solid matchup of rising stars.