ONE Fighting Championship announced on Monday the launch of its Malaysian National Featherweight Championship Tournament.
Four of the top MMA prospects in Malaysia will battle it out in the first round of the tournament at ONE FC: Return of the Warriors, which takes place live on Feb. 2 from the state-of-the-art Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The two fights signed for the tournament are Raymond “The Rocket” Tiew taking on Melvin “Overkill” Yeoh and AJ “Pyro” Lias Mansor squaring off against Jian Kai “The Headhunter” Chee. By the end of the evening, Malaysians will know who the top two contenders for the National Featherweight Championship title will be.
CEO of ONE Fighting Championship Victor Cui stated, “ONE FC is stacked with the largest roster of Asian champions and the featherweight division is probably the most exciting division. It is time for us to crown national champions in Asia and Tiew, Yeoh, Mansor and Chee have proven that they are the most exciting prospects in Malaysia. We are giving these home-grown champions the chance to earn themselves the right to be called the Malaysian National Champion and rise to the top of the division as the number one contender.”
Raymond Tiew is a Sanshou Champion who has also represented Malaysia at Wushu. He is a stand-up specialist with explosive striking that never disappoints the avid MMA fan. Tiew knows that this is his chance to show that he is the top Malaysian featherweight, but first he must get passed the brawler from Johor Bahru, Melvin Yeoh.
Melvin Yeoh has been called the top MMA prospect in Malaysia by international MMA media. A full-time schoolteacher, Yeoh has received much media attention both outside and inside the cage. He has always kept his gym doors open for kids on the streets looking to better themselves by learning the discipline associated with MMA and the valuable life skills that go along with the sport. This ferocious warrior will carry the weight of the community, gym and country come Feb. 2.
The second fight of the tournament will be between AJ “Pyro” Lias Mansor and Jian Kai Chee. Mansor is the first thoroughbred Silat fighter to ever compete in MMA. His athletic ability earned him the National Silat Champion crown in the past and he will now turn his razor sharp striking toward his opponent, the Muay Thai champion Jian Kai Chee.
Chee has competed against some of the top MMA fighters in the region including Ole Laursen, Arnaud Lepont and Eddie Ng. Chee’s strength is his ability to finish a fight in an instant with punches, kicks, knees or elbows and will be looking to showcase his arsenal of skills at the Malaysian National Featherweight Championship tournament on Feb. 2 in Stadium Putra, KL.
Cui further commented, “This tournament is part of ONE FC’s initiative to continually grow and support the local MMA community. ONE FC already has the very best Malaysian MMA fighters signed to us exclusively and this tournament, which is spread over two events, is a way for us to identify a true Malaysian National Champion.”