Eddie Ng Injured, Ariel Sexton Steps in to Face Kamal Shalorus at ONE FC: War of Nations

January 30, 2014
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Ariel SextonEddie Ng has injured his shoulder in training and will no longer be able to face Kamal Shalorus at ONE FC: War of Nations. Ariel Sexton is stepping in to replace him and will take on the Iranian UFC veteran in Kuala Lumpur on March 14.

Both Sexton and Ng are coming off wins against the same opponent, Peter Davis, with the Costa Rican stopping him with strikes in the last second of the opening round at the Malaysian Invasion Grand Finale last year.

Sexton (8-2-1) hails from Costa Rica and is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Renzo Gracie. He returned from a two-year hiatus to defeat Davis in Kuala Lumpur last June after taking the popular Malaysian down and finishing the fight with a barrage of elbows from mount.

Shalorus (8-3-2) got his ONE FC career off to a good start with a decision win over Eduard Folayang in Manila last May. The former WEC title contender already has his sights set on the 155-pound belt that is currently the property of Shinya Aoki.

Whereas a fight between Ng and Aoki was never possible because both train together at Evolve MMA, there is no reason why the winner of this match-up should not challenge for the 155-pound title that the Japanese submission specialist has stated he intends to defend once before dropping down to featherweight.

This is the final match-up for the ten-fight ONE FC: War of Nations card, which is set for Stadium Negara on March 14. The event will be headlined by a welterweight title tilt between Nobutatsu Suzuki and Brock Larson.

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  • Stefano ‘Zwonimir’ Sega Nogaro

    that suxx, so interest in seeing Ng performing. Btw Sexton seems ok

  • onepunch

    It’s still a hell of a card. A good grappler vs another. Interesting to see how this pan out under One FC rule set. If it was me, I would utilize the soccer kicks to the face when an opponent us down or knee to the face to prevent the opponent get comfortable. At least the rule set doesn’t limit you nor allow an opponent to just lie in his backside. I would prefer thus matchup as undercard and bring the all females to the main card. Considering their previous fight, it will be another back and forth confrontation. The One FC rule set doesn’t allow a fighter to get comfortable or prevent an opponent striking by putting a hand on the mat. Hell, if u miss u should get punished regardless hand on the mat or not.