As ONE Championship continues its run across Asia, more bouts have been announced for ONE: State of Warriors card in Myanmar next month.
The previously announced headline bout will see ONE’s strawweight champion Yoshitaka Naito make his first title defense against the Philippines’ Joshua Pacio. The co-main event will see the “Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang do battle against Poland’s Michal Pasternak.
Additional fights for the 7 October card will see Kevin Belingon of the famed Team Lakay MMA in Baguio City take on 20-year-old bantamweight prospect Muin Gafurov. Hailing out of Tajikistan, Gafurov owns a stellar 10-1 professional MMA record and aged just 20-years-old has earned a reputation as a relentless and aggressive fighter.
Returning to Yangon for a second time in 2016 is Jordan Lucas, the 22-year-old Australian who signed a six-fight contract with ONE Championship early last year, but had his eight-fight win streak put on hold when he faced Edward Kelly at Union of Warriors in March.
Lucas, the former BRACE Bantamweight Champion face a stern challenge from one of the best grapplers in his division in Yusup Saadulaev, a 31-year-old “Maestro” from Dagestan, Russia, and one of the promotion’s most talented bantamweights.
ONE: State of Warriors will also feature the ONE Myanmar Featherweight Tournament, which pits the absolute best of the country’s local talent against each other to determine a tournament champion.
Making his professional mixed martial arts debut, 22-year-old Lethwei fighter Kat Pali will take on the unbeaten Phoe Thaw, while 2014 Regional Gold Belt Champion Ye Yint Aung will do battle against Saw Yan Paing in the two semi-finals. In the tournament’s alternate bout, Saw Ba Oo goes head-to-head with Kyal Sin Phyo.