ONE FC: Warrior Spirit is less than a week away, but a big heavyweight fight was recently added to the card with Bellator and King of the Cage veteran Tony Johnson Jr. (7-1) taking on heavy-handed Australian Chris Lokteff (11-1).
The once-beaten Lokteff has signed a long-term contract with Asia’s biggest MMA organization, according to MMA Kanvas, and will make his promotional debut at the Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur on Friday night.
Johnson nearly signed with the UFC at one stage, but was prevented from doing so due to some contractual difficulties with Bellator. He stopped Tim Sylvia in the third round of their fight at ONE FC: Rise of a Nations in Manila and will be looking for his second win of the year.
Lokteff was born in Australia to Russian parents and nine of his 11 wins are by knockout or TKO, although his two most recent victories have been submissions. He has never been the distance in his career and is known for his heavy hands.
“I’ve finished 11 of my opponents within two rounds and I can’t see why my bout against Tony Johnson will be any different,” Lokteff told MMA Kanvas. “I will be looking to knock him out or finish him by submission. Either way, I will be looking for the finish and bringing home my win bonus. I am very excited about fighting one of the best heavyweights ONE FC has on my debut.”
While Johnson, whose only career loss came at the hands of Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier, stated, “I am excited to be back fighting in ONE FC again. I want to keep this streak going and prove that I’m the best heavyweight in the world. Chris has an impressive record, but there’s no way he will defeat me. I have fought and defeated way harder opponents than him.”
ONE FC: Warrior Spirit is headlined by a welterweight bout between Adam Kayoom and Nobutatsu Suzuki. The main card will be screened live all over Asia by Star Sports and available to purchase free of charge while the undercard will be streamed free online.
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