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MMA: Larson v Suzuki headlines One FC: War of Nations in Kuala Lumpur

American Brock Larson (left) will face Japan's Nobutatsu Suzuki (right) for One FC's world welterweight crown in War of Nations in Kuala Lumpur on March 14.

American wrestler Brock Larson (left) will face Japanese striker Nobutatsu Suzuki (right) for One FC’s world welterweight crown in War of Nations in Kuala Lumpur on March 14.

January 13, 2014: Japanese striker Nobutatsu Suzuki will face American wrestler Brock Larson for One Fighting Championship’s first world welterweight title when the pair headline the 10-bout One FC: War of Nations at Kuala Lumpur’s Stadium Negara on March 14.

 

Kevin Belingon of the Philippines and Korean Kim Dae-hwan, two of Asia’s top bantamweights, will meet in the co-main event, while Japanese veteran Yasuhiro Urushitani battles Adriano Moraes of Brazil in flyweight action.

 

War of Nations will also feature the rematch between female fighters Ann Osman of Malaysia and Sherilyn Lim of Singapore, while local fans can also watch the return of Malaysian MMA star Peter Davis, whose opponent will be announced at a later date.

 

Victor Cui, CEO of One FC, said: “Following the resounding success of One FC’s jam-packed events in Malaysia in 2013, we are returning to Kuala Lumpur with one of the best cards in the organisation’s history.

 

“Fans around the world have been eagerly awaiting the next One FC World Championship title belt to be introduced and now the wait is over. The One FC welterweight division is filled with the most talented mixed martial artists in the world and we will crown the best of the best when Nobutatsu Suzuki meets Brock Larson.”

 

Suzuki is famous for being the first fighter in Asia to showcase karate’s striking power in an MMA context and has nine knockouts in 10 wins, one of the highest percentages in all of MMA. The Kyokushin Karate black belt last fought at One FC: Rise to Power, defeating the experienced Phil Baroni by TKO.

 

Larson has more than 40 fights in several top organisations across the world and made a successful One FC debut last year when he defeated Dutch kickboxer Melvin Manhoef via unanimous decision. His 26 submission victories are testament to his grappling prowess.

 

Belingon is the Philippines’ top bantamweight and has already proven he can compete against the world’s best in his battles against Kim Soo-chul, Masakatsu Ueda, Yusup Saadulaev and David Aranda. He showcased his striking prowess by knocking out his opponent in his last fight.

 

Kim is undefeated in nine professional MMA bouts and last month made a successful One FC debut by defeating Australian grappler Thanh Vu via submission. Kim is never afraid to brawl and consistently puts on Fight of the Night performances.

 

Malaysian star Ann Osman (left) will have home support as she looks to make up for last year’s split-decision loss to cross-causeway rival Sherilyn Lim in Singapore.

Malaysian star Ann Osman (left) will have home support as she looks to make up for last year’s split-decision loss to cross-causeway rival Sherilyn Lim (right) in Singapore.

The rematch between two of Southeast Asia’s top female mixed martial artists will be a big attraction after Lim won their first bout via a split decision following three back-and-forth rounds in front of 12,000 fans at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

 

Lim has been training under Singaporean MMA pioneer Darren De Silva and will once again be representing Singapore’s oldest mixed martial arts gym, Fight G, having joined their Muay Thai programme in 2007.

 

Osman, Malaysia’s first female mixed martial artist, trains out of Borneo Tribal Squad in Kota Kinabalu in East Malaysia and will enjoy strong home support as she bids to make up for last year’s loss.

 

Fans can enjoy 30 per cent off tickets during priority sales, which run until February 1. The live action can be seen on television through Star Sports and via live streaming at www.onefc.livesport.tv.

 

For more information, visit: www.AirAsiaRedTix.com, www.onefc.com

 

Source: One FC

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