Brazilian lightweight Rafael Nunes has pulled out of his ONE: Warrior’s Quest fight with Eddie Ng due to an unspecified injury. He will be replaced by Ariel Sexton, who has stepped up to take the bout at three week’s notice.
The card is set for the Singapore Indoor Stadium on May 22 and sees Ng (7-2) make his comeback after breaking his arm last year. Initially slated to face Nunes, he will now be taking on the Costa Rican BJJ black belt instead.
Sexton (9-3-0-1) burst onto the Asian scene with a stoppage win over seasoned Malaysian Peter Davis. He is coming off an extremely impressive first-round submission victory over previously undefeated Russian Anvar Alizhanov.
His only defeat in the ONE Championship cage came at the hands of Kamal Shalorus. It was a close fight with many at cageside feeling that Sexton should have taken the decision after consistently outstriking the Iranian and coming close with a few takedown attempts.
The Costa Rican holds a black belt in BJJ under Renzo Gracie. All his wins have been stoppages with seven of them coming courtesy of a submission and the other two by way of KO or TKO.
Ng (7-2) has never been the distance and eight of his nine fights have finished in the first round. He saw a five-fight winning streak snapped by a TKO loss to Vincent Latoel, but there were extenuating circumstances as the Hong Konger went into that match-up with a serious arm injury.
Training out of Evolve MMA in Singapore, he has proved to be one of the most popular fighters on the ONE Championship roster. He has won four fights out of five for Asia’s biggest MMA promotion.
ONE: Warrior’s Quest is set for the Singapore Indoor Stadium on May 22. It will be headlined by a lightweight title bout between Shinya Aoki and Koji Ando, while Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke and Roy Doliguez will challenge for the organization’s inaugural strawweight belt.
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