Eddie Ng is riding a four-fight winning streak that has established him as one of the leading lightweights with Asia’s biggest MMA promotion and secured the co-main event slot at ONE FC: Total Domination, which takes place on Oct. 18 in his adopted home of Singapore.
He will be facing another up-and-coming lightweight in the form of Peter Davis. Ng, who originally hails from Hong Kong, is notoriously popular in Singapore. His Malaysian opponent is also likely to bring plenty of fans with him, making this one of the most eagerly anticipated match-ups the region has ever witnessed.
Ng is moving inexorably towards a title shot with three stoppage wins out of three fights for ONE FC. He would like to keep that streak going, but has been watching Davis’ career closely for quite a while, and knows it won’t be an easy fight.
“I think naturally as a fighter you always tend to keep an eye out for other fighters that are competing in the same weight division as yourself. Davis has shown a well rounded skillset in his previous fights, winning fights via strikes standing or on the ground, and like he showed in his first ONE FC outing against Ngabdi Mulyadi, he will fight to the end and can finish fights via submission.”
Both Davis’ previous ONE FC opponents have ended up requiring serious surgery; Kim Hock for a badly broken jaw and Leo Krishna for a horrific laceration to his lip. The Malaysian has a Kung Fu based style of fighting that he has shown to be unusual yet effective. Ng has been preparing for this.
“For anyone that has an unorthodox style, it always poses a challenge to find someone that can replicate the same exact style. However, my coaches at Evolve MMA are all former World Champions in Muay Thai, boxing, wrestling or BJJ. They have all competed against individuals that have a less conventional style and they will be giving me advice on how to deal with it,” he said.
Their lightweight bout could potentially be a lightweight title eliminator if it wasn’t for the fact that Shinya Aoki, who also trains at Evolve MMA, currently holds the strap. Ng says that he would never fight his friend and teammate, but would definitely want to challenge for the belt if the Japanese submission specialist decides to drop down a division.
“Shinya has already made a test cut to featherweight and even made it public on social media,” Ng told MMAWeekly.com. “If Shinya fights at featherweight and feels comfortable there, he may not see the need or want to fight again at lightweight and decide to vacate his title. Only time will tell, but if the title is vacated then it would be a huge opportunity for me if I could fight for the title.”
“I think that both guys have a similar skill set, given their wrestling backgrounds. They are both extremely tough high-level wrestlers and I think that they are dangerous opponents to anyone in the ONE FC lightweight division.”
Despite not coming from a decorated wrestling background himself, Ng trains at Evolve MMA in Singapore, a camp that is regarded as being the best in Asia, and believes this experience has given him the skills to match up well with either Tynanes or Shalorus.
“I train daily with former Greco Roman Wrestling US Olympian Heath Sims and former NCAA Division 1 wrestler Jake Butler. They have both helped me tremendously with my wrestling. Styles make fights and I think that the way I match up against Kamal Shalorus or Lowen Tynanes would make for a very entertaining fight.”
ONE FC will be heading to Hong Kong in 2014. As the only fighter on the roster from the former British colony, there is a good chance that Ng will find himself headlining that card. He is looking forward to fighting in his homeland for the first time.
“I don’t know when ONE FC in Hong Kong will take place, but I can’t wait until it does. It would be an absolute honor to be part of the first ONE FC event in Hong Kong in front of my friends and family there.”
Before Ng can think about fighting in Hong Kong, he has business to attend to at ONE FC: Total Domination, which will be his third fight in Singapore. He has rapidly become something of a poster boy for the sport of MMA and regularly graces the cover of men’s magazines, while his next opponent was a very successful model long before he made a name for himself as a fighter.
Ng won’t be giving anything away on Oct. 18, but willingly concedes he would come off second best in a catwalk contest against Davis.
“I am not ashamed to admit it, but Pete is better looking than me.”
ONE FC set out with a mandate to find the top mixed martial artists in the region and turn them into superstars. Ng and Davis are two of the most spectacular success stories so far and their paths are set to collide on Oct. 18 in a fight that will have serious ramifications for the 155-pound title picture.