ONE FC recently signed a partnership deal with the SM Mall of Asia Arena, which will see Asia’s biggest MMA promotion hold two events per year at the 20,000-capacity venue in Manila, with the first 2014 event confirmed for May 2.
It will be the fourth time ONE FC has put on an event in the Philippines and the third time the promotion has headed to the brand new SM Mall of Asia Arena. The most recent card there was headlined by a featherweight title fight between Koji Oishi and Honorio Banario, which took place last December.
In a busy news day for ONE FC, it also emerged that 13-3-2 Japanese fighter Yusuke Kawanago was the latest in a spate of recent signings. He is the reigning Legend FC featherweight champion and won the title by beating Rob Lisita by unanimous decision in 2012.
Kawanago is likely to be making his promotional debut in Manila this May and joins a 145-pound division that is currently home to the likes of Eric Kelly, Bruno Pucci, Herbert Burns, Edward Kelly, Lisita and Banario, as well as the reigning champion Oishi.
Also likely to be seeing action at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in May is Filipino flyweight Rey Docyogen, who has finally finished his architectural exams and will be looking to show that he can be a contender in the 125-pound division after suffering a controversial split decision loss to Yasuhiro Urushitani in his most recent fight.
With Ben Askren’s ONE FC debut reportedly booked for Singapore on May 30, it is going to be a busy few weeks for the rapidly expanding promotion, which is set to put on two shows in the space of a single calendar month for the first time in its history.
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