Four Fights Confirmed for ONE FC: War of Dragons in Taiwan Next Month

June 9, 2014
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Koji AndoFour fights were announced today for ONE FC: War of Dragons on July 11 including a lightweight match-up between former Legend FC lightweight champion Koji Ando and undefeated Brazilian Rafael Nunes.

Shinya Aoki is set to return to the cage soon and the bout between Ando (8-3-2) and Nunes (10-0) is a potential title eliminator with the Japanese lightweight coming off three straight wins culminating in a successful title shot against ONE FC featherweight. Jadamba Narantungalag.

The win over Jadamba was the biggest of Ando’s career but the Judoka, who has never been stopped, faces a serious examination of his ONE FC title credentials when he takes on Nunes who has never lost a fight, holds a brown belt in BJJ and has nine wins inside the distance.

Yusup Saadulaev (13-3-1) will be looking to continue with the fine recent form which has seen him win four straight fights when he meets former Shooto 132-pound champion Koetsu Okazi (9-3-1) who is coming off his first ONE FC win.

Although Okazaki has already been beaten by reigning 135-pound champion Bibiano Fernandes in a fight for the interim title, a win for Saadulaev would potentially put him in pole position for a shot at the Brazilian belt holder, or even an eliminator against top contender Dae Hwan Kim.

Light heavyweight Jake Butler (3-1) returns to action after his surprise loss against Sylvain Potard and he faces a tough test against an Egyptian opponent who has already beaten the Frenchman and will be making his ONE FC debut.

Mohamed Ali (9-6) is a Cage Warriors and EFC veteran who has six KO/TKO wins to his name which makes this a high risk fight for rising star Butler who was stopped by strikes in the second round of his last fight.

The fourth fight to be announced today is one for the local fans with Canadian based Taiwanese heavyweight Paul Cheng returning to the city of his birth to take on Egypt’s Mahmoud Hassan (1-3).

The event is set for the National Taiwan University Sports Center in Taipei on July 11 and will be ONE FC’s first foray into Chinese territory. Other fighters rumored to be on the card include Rob Lisita, Leandro Ataides and Eric Kelly.

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  • onepunch

    It looks set to go out with a bang. The card so far has been good, just need to add in a few more local to get the crowd interested, which i believe they will. Give them a chance as they have done. This is the beginning of something great, a milestone to be set and one i trully believe will bring One FC into new height. They’re on the cusp of breaking into the mainland Chinese market, and when that happens, many possibilities open up. Bring it on!

    • Stefano ‘Zwonimir’ Sega Nogaro

      Great that they’re expanding with good, cards, but I think the first to reack Mainland China will be M-1 Global, I read they planned an event in September in Beijing

      • onepunch

        Yes, that’s true but it is in partnership with a mainland Chinese enterprise. Good luck to them but i honestly dont see the Chinese ppl embracing M1 in a big way nor do i see a big crowd. I hope they succeed but would struggle as no known Chinese fighters plus the language barrier. Anyway, the market is so big that many orgs can operate.

        • Stefano ‘Zwonimir’ Sega Nogaro

          Yeah they should push a lot with a strategy like a chinese announcer and some ex Legend FC or RUFF fighters. I hope it’ll go well.

          In the while, they must sign Rocky Lee for the taiwanese card.