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MMA: Ataides, Svirid to fight for One FC middleweight title in Singapore

Singapore-based Brazilian Leandro Ataides will look to maintain his unbeaten record when he fights Igor Svirid of Kazakhstan for the One FC middleweight title in Singapore on November 7. Photos: One FC.

Singapore-based Brazilian Leandro Ataides will look to maintain his unbeaten record when he fights Igor Svirid of Kazakhstan for the One FC middleweight title in Singapore on November 7. Photos: One FC.

September 30, 2014: Undefeated Brazilian Leandro Ataides will face Igor Svirid of Kazakhstan for the inaugural One FC middleweight title in the main event at Battle of Lions, which will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on November 7.

 

Japan’s Tatsuya Mizuno, who lost to Ataides in Manila in May, will take on Aung La N Sang, the Myanmar fighter who will look to build on his victory in his One FC debut in Jakarta in June.

 

One FC: Battle of Lions will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

One FC: Battle of Lions will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Two welterweight bouts have also been confirmed. After losing to Ben Askren in May, Bakhtiyar Abbasov of Azerbaijan returns to Singapore to take on experienced Brazilian welterweight Luis Santos, who will make his One FC debut in his 71st pro fight.

 

Warren De Reuck of South Africa and Dwayne Hinds of Trinidad and Tobago will also be making their One FC debuts in a clash of undefeated welterweights.

 

Kirstie Gannaway and Amir Khan are set to represent Singapore on the 10-bout card, although their opponents have yet to be named.

 

Victor Cui, CEO of One FC, said: “One Fighting Championship has acquired a roster of world-class talent from all over the world and fans in Singapore will get to see them in action on November7. We will crown a new world champion as two world-class middleweights face off for the honour of becoming the first man to don the One FC middleweight world championship.”

 

Ataides (7-0-0) is a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt and won his first two One FC bouts with first-round knockouts of Brayan Rafiq and Mizuno. The 28-year-old will fight for the middleweight belt against Svirid, also 28, who has won nine straight fights in the past 15 months after losing his pro debut in 2011.

 

Japan’s Tatsuya Mizuno will fight against Aung La N Sang of Myanmar.

Japan’s Tatsuya Mizuno will fight against Aung La N Sang of Myanmar.

Mizuno (12-10-0) has a black belt in judo and has faced some of the world’s best light heavyweights. The 33-year-old, who made his MMA debut in 2006, now competes as a middleweight and will look to revive his title hopes with a victory over Aung, the first fighter from Myanmar to compete in One FC.

 

Aung (16-9-0) left Myanmar to study in the USA, where he discovered Brazilian jiu-jitsu and subsequently MMA, making his pro debut in 2006. The 29-year-old is nicknamed ‘The Burmese Python’ for his constricting ability, which has led him to nine submission wins, although he also demonstrated knockout power by punching his way to a victory over Egypt’s Mahmoud Salama in Jakarta in June.

 

Santos, 34, is a true MMA veteran, having racked up a 60-9-1 record since 2000. A black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has a penchant for knockout finishes, ending 34 of his 70 fights by either TKO or KO, and the welterweight will look to stretch his latest winning streak to seven when he takes on Abbasov.

 

Abbasov (12-3-0) made a spectacular start to his One FC debut in May when the 28-year-old charged at Ben Askren and became the first person to perform a successful takedown on the undefeated American, before submitting later in the round.

 

Bakhtiyar Abbasov of Azerbaijan will return to Singapore after his action-packed debut against Ben Askren.

Bakhtiyar Abbasov of Azerbaijan will return to Singapore after his action-packed debut against Ben Askren.

In another welterweight clash, De Reuck and Hinds will both put their undefeated records on the line as they compete in One FC for the first time. De Reuck (6-0-0), a South African based in London, is trained in Shorin-Ryu karate and the 32-year-old has finished all six of his bouts.

 

Hinds (9-0-0) is among the best mixed martial artists to emerge from the Caribbean, A two-time national judo champion in Trinidad and Tobago, the 30-year-old has also competed in Sambo and boxing, but will face the toughest test of his career when he takes on striking specialist De Reuck.

 

Fans around Asia can watch the action live on Fox Sports 3 or via live streaming at www.onefc.livesport.tv (US$9.99). For tickets, visit: www.sportshubtix.com.

 

Source: One FC (www.onefc.com); Editing by SportAsia

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