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MMA: Fernandes, Kim fight for One FC title in Manila; Vera debuts

Bibiano Fernandes will return to the One FC cage for the first time since beating Masakatsu Ueda in Manila in May. Photo: One FC.

Bibiano Fernandes will return to One FC action in Manila, having beaten Masakatsu Ueda in May. Photo: One FC.

October 31, 2014: Brazilian star Bibiano Fernandes will defend his One FC bantamweight title against undefeated Korean Kim Dae-hwan in the headline bout at One FC: Warrior’s Way at Manila’s MOA Arena on December 5.

 

Brandon ‘The Truth’ Vera will also be a popular draw as the 37-year-old American heavyweight, whose father is Filipino, makes his One FC debut on the same card, taking on Igor Subora of Ukraine.

 

Fernandes, 34, is currently on an eight-fight winning streak and remains unbeaten inside the One FC cage, while Kim currently holds a record of 10 wins with no losses, with five of his wins coming by submission. Kim defeated Filipino contender Kevin Belingon in his last appearance in One FC to earn the opportunity to face Fernandes for the bantamweight belt.

 

Vera will make his One FC debut and can expect a similar homecoming reception to fellow ‘Filipino American’ Ana Julaton as he competes in the Philippines for the first time in his career. Vera has had 12 wins and seven losses, during which time he has faced some of the world’s top light heavyweights and heavyweights.

 

Subora is a former URCC heavyweight champion currently riding a five-win streak, with all of his wins coming by either submission or TKO/KO.

 

Victor Cui, CEO of One FC, said: “One Fighting Championship will hold nothing back as it returns for another night to remember at the state-of-the-art Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. Brandon Vera is a global Filipino mixed-martial-arts superstar and One FC will finally give fans in the Philippines the opportunity to see him in action live for the first time. He’ll be tested against heavyweight standout Igor Subora.

 

“Bantamweight champ Bibiano Fernandes will have his hands full against the unbeaten and dangerous Kim Dae-hwan. We have some awesome fights lined up for fans in Manila as Warrior’s Way promises to be the biggest fight card of 2014.”

 

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.smtickets.com

 

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

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