RAFAEL NUNES OUT DUE TO TRAINING INJURY, NG TO FACE RENZO GRACIE BJJ BLACK BELT ARIEL SEXTON.
Hong Kong’s Eddie Ng returns to the cage after a year long absence at ONE: ‘Warrior’s Quest’ this month but the 29 year old will not be facing Rafael Nunes who has pulled out of their 22 May matchup after suffering an injury in training.
Facing Ng at the Singapore Indoor Stadium instead will be Ariel Sexton, a BJJ black belt under Renzo Gracie who is coming off a first round submission win at ONE: ‘Dynasty of Champions’ in Beijing last December.
Ng (7-2) won his first four fights for ONE Championship but came up short against Vincent Latoel at ONE: ‘Honor & Glory’ last year when he fought with a badly damaged arm and was stopped in the opening round.
The Hong Kong native is a full time member of the Evolve MMA fight team and has a big fan following in Singapore where he has fought five times for ONE Championship. In nine professional fights he has never been the distance and has finished four opponents in under a minute.
Sexton (9-3-0-1) is slightly more experienced than Ng and with seven submission wins to his name there is no secret where the Costa Rican’s strengths lie. He pushed former ONE Championship title contender Kamal Shalorus all the way on his promotional debut and was unfortunate to lose by decision.
Sandwiched either side of that defeat were stoppage wins over both Peter Davis and Anvar Alizhanov which have helped establish Sexton as a serious contender in ONE Championship’s stacked 155 lbs division.
Ng will never challenge for the title while it belongs to his Evolve MMA team mate Shinya Aoki but he remains in the upper echelons of the division and will be looking to bounce back from the disappointing defeat to Latoel with a fifth ONE Championship win.
Aoki will be defending his title in the main event of ONE: ‘Warrior’s Quest’ when he faces challenger Koji Ando while Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke is set to challenge Roy Doliguez for the inaugural 115 lbs belt in the co-main event.