ONE FC: War of Nations is set for Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur on March 14 and two more fights have been booked for the card, which was announced earlier this week. Top contenders at 155 pounds and 125 pounds will collide when Eddie Ng takes on Kamal Shalorus and Andrew Leone meets Shinichi Kojima.
Ng (7-1) has established himself as a leading contender for the lightweight belt with four wins out of four under the banner of Asia’s biggest MMA promotion. He bounced back from a yearlong layoff due to a serious shoulder injury to submit both Peter Davis and Arnaud Lepont in 2013.
Shalorus (8-3) won a unanimous decision victory over Eduard Folayang in his ONE FC debut last year to instantly establish himself as a potential title contender. The belt is currently held by Ng’s Evolve MMA teammate Shinya Aoki, but he intends to drop down to 145 pounds at some stage, which would open the way for the Hong Konger to fight for the title.
Kojima (13-5-5) and Leone (6-2) were initially set to face off in the main event of ONE FC: Champions & Warriors in Jakarta last September until a knee injury to the American put paid to the proposed match-up between two of the organization’s top flyweights.
Kojima is coming off a submission win over Rey Docyogen. He is a Shooto veteran who made his MMA debut in 2003 and will have a significant advantage over the up-and-coming New Yorker in terms of experience.
Leone won a comfortable decision victory over Geje Eustaquio in his flyweight debut having competed at bantamweight for the majority of his career, registering notable wins over former ONE FC 135-pound champion Soo Chul Kim and former Road FC 135-pound champion Kyung Ho Kang.
With flyweight contenders Adriano Moraes and Yasuhiro Urushitani also facing off in Kuala Lumpur on March 14, the 125-pound picture should become much clearer in the wake of this card with the winners possibly facing off for the belt.
ONE FC: War of Nations will be headlined by a welterweight title fight between Nobutatsu Suzuki and Brock Larson and will also feature a battle between top bantamweight contenders Kevin Belingon and Dae Hwan Kim.
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