The highlight of ONE FC: Honor & Glory will undoubtedly be Ben Askren’s first fight since leaving Bellator, but he is not the only new signing who will be handed a promotional debut with five new match-ups announced for the May 30 event in Singapore.
Legend FC 135-pound champion Xian Ji (11-2) will be fighting for the first time in a year when he takes on Thanh Vu (3-3). The Chinese Top Team standout is one of the country’s best mixed martial artists and will be looking for an impressive win to demonstrate his title credentials.
Vu is coming off back-to-back losses, but played his part in a very entertaining fight with Dae Hwan Kim, who he tagged repeatedly before getting caught in a second-round submission, and knows he can resurrect his career with a win over the well-known Chinese bantamweight.
Chi Lewis Parry (5-0) is a former professional basketball player from England who has stopped every opponent he has ever faced in MMA competition. He will be stepping inside the ONE FC cage for the first time to take on Muay Thai and kickboxing veteran Alain Ngalani (1-1) in a heavyweight match-up.
Radeem Rahman (1-0) has not been seen since winning by TKO at ONE FC’s inaugural event in September 2011, but the Singaporean has recovered from a series of debilitating injuries and will be making his comeback in a bantamweight bout with Malaysia’s Raymond Tan (2-1).
The other Singaporean on the card is Stephen Langdown (1-0), who faces a big step up in competition when he takes on Casey Suire (4-0) in another 135-pound fight. The undefeated American is coming off a quick-fire submission win over Tan last year.
The final match-up revealed by ONE FC on Tuesday sees Singapore based TV personality Brad Robinson (2-0) take on Malaysia’s Nik Harris (5-2) in a rematch of a fight which the American won by unanimous decision at Ultimate Beatdown 10 in 2012.
ONE FC: Honor & Glory is set for the Singapore Indoor Stadium on May 30 and will be headlined by a welterweight non-title bout between Ben Askren and Bakhtiyar Abbasov. As always the action will be broadcast live by various TV networks and available to purchase online for 9.99 USD.
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