Continuing a raft of major announcements this week, ONE Championship has announced the full 12-fight card for its next Malaysian bout, ONE: Tigers of Asia.
Headlining the impressive lineup is reigning middleweight champ Igor Svirid, who will defend his title against Vitaly Bigdash.
The event will also feature some of Malaysia’s biggest names in the sport including Ann Osman, who takes on Irina Mazepa, Ev Ting who will battle Honorio Banario and a potential fight of the night clash between Peter Davis and Australia MMA veteran Adrian “The Hunter” Pang.
Osman has been deep in training on the coastal locale of Kota Kinabalu. She will get the chance to show off her impressive skills against Russian kickboxer Mazepa. Mazepa, a six-time Wushu world champion and a K1 world champion kickboxer, will be making her debut inside the ONE cage.
Top featherweight Eric “The Natural” Kelly of the Philippines will make his much awaited return to the ONE Cage after a year off from competition.
His last bout was an unforgettable scrap against Rob Lisita, one that resulted in Kelly taking home the first ever ONE Warrior Bonus in a masterful performance. Standing in Kelly’s way on his road back to the top is Hiroshige Tanaka.
Japanese MMA standout Hiroshige Tanaka made his ONE Championship debut last year against Herbert Burns. He is 10-2 in MMA and has been working on improving his game for the past year. Tanaka gets a chance to showcase his explosive progress against one of the division’s finest in Eric Kelly.
In a flyweight battle, Ruel Catalan of the Philippines takes on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and member of the Evolve MMA Fight Team, Almiro Barros, in a classic striker versus grappler matchup. The 27-year-old Filipino fighter is looking to get back on track with a victory against an opponent with a knack for submissions.
Malaysia’s Keanu Subba, the Featherweight Champion of the Malaysian Invasion Mixed Martial Arts (MIMMA) amateur series will make his professional debut when he goes head to head with Florian Garel of France in a three-round featherweight matchup to kick off ONE: Tigers of Asia.