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MMA: Nine-bout card finalised for One FC’s Dubai debut

Koji Oishi will defend his One FC featherweight world title against Mongolia’s Narantungalag Jadambaa in Dubai on August 9.

Koji Oishi will defend his One FC featherweight world title against Mongolia’s Narantungalag Jadambaa in Dubai on August 9.

August 6, 2014: Koji Oishi will defend his One FC featherweight world title against Mongolia’s Narantungalag Jadambaa as two of nine fighters added to the nine-bout card at Reign of Champions in Dubai on August 29.

 

James McSweeney will drop a division to light heavyweight to take on Cristiano Kaminishi, Mohamad Walid will take on Filipino standout Vaughn Donayre, while Muay Thai champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke returns to the One FC cage against fellow Muay Thai specialist, Ali Yaakub.

 

Malaysian female MMA pioneer Ann Osman has stepped in for Irina Mazepa to face former world boxing champion Ana Julaton, the popular Filipina-American preparing for her second MMA fight as she switches sports.

 

Oishi, 37, is just one of three Japanese fighters defending a world title in Dubai. Nobutatsu Suzuki will defend his welterweight crown against American challenger Ben Askren in the co-main event, while lightweight Shinya Aoki will face Iranian veteran Kamal Shalorus in the main event.

 

American Roger Huerta against Englishman Christian Holley and Brazil’s Herbert Burns versus Japan’s Hiroshige Tanaka were the other two bouts already announced.

 

In the night’s third-last bout, Oishi will take on Jadambaa in the second co-main event. Oishi was originally scheduled to face Eric Kelly, but the Filipino was not medically cleared after his recent victory at War of Dragons.

 

A veteran of 44 fights, Oishi has only lost twice in his last 18 fights and captured the featherweight world title at Rise to Power by knocking out Honorio Banario in front of the Filipino’s home crowd. Jadambaa steps in to face Oishi fresh off a victory over Banario in Singapore in May.

 

McSweeney is a top English mixed martial artist and kickboxer on the best streak of his career, with nine wins in his last 12 fights. Kaminishi, who was born in Brazil and moved to Japan when he was 17, has gone 8-1 while competing predominantly in Japan and will be making his One FC debut.

 

Dejdamrong has an impressive Muay Thai record of 282-65 and is a three-time Lumpinee world champion, while Yaakub is one of the best Muay Thai practitioners to emerge from Malaysia.

 

Walid is the first Syrian mixed martial artist to compete for One FC and faces Donayre, a Filipino mixed martial artist currently based in Dubai. The Cebu native quit his mechanical engineering job and moved to Dubai to chase his passion and won seven of his last eight bouts.

 

Malaysia’s Ann Osman has replaced Irina Mazepa to take on former boxing champion Ana Julaton.

Malaysia’s Ann Osman has replaced Irina Mazepa to take on former boxing champion Ana Julaton.

Julaton is the first Filipina boxer to win the women’s WBO super bantamweight and IBA super bantamweight world championships. Nicknamed ‘The Hurricane’, she’s a fan favourite in the Philippines and made a successful One FC debut by defeating Aya Saber of Egypt.

 

Osman, 28, is the first female Malaysian mixed martial artist to compete in a major mixed martial arts organisation. The Sabah native lost to Singapore’s Sherilyn Lim on her One FC debut and has been keen to return to the cage after their rematch was called off.

 

Tickets are available at www.platinumlist.net. The action will be broadcast live on STAR Sports or via live streaming at www.onefc.livesport.tv for US$9.99.

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

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