MMA: Singapore interest stirs up ‘ONE: Warrior’s Quest’ card
- Updated: May 7, 2015
May 7, 2015: Singapore-based Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke of Thailand will face Roy Doliguez of the Philippines for the inaugural ONE Strawweight World Championship at ONE: Warrior’s Quest, which will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on May 22.
Singapore’s own Amir Khan and Shannon Wiratchai of Thailand will push through with a much-awaited match-up, while Singapore-based Eddie Ng of Hong Kong will now fight Ariel Sexton of Costa Rica in a lightweight contest, after the latter replaced Rafael Nunes.
A bout between flyweights Stephen Langdown of Singapore and A La Teng Hei Li of China has also been added to the card.
Victor Cui, CEO of ONE Championship, said: “Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke has been unstoppable inside the ONE Championship cage, but he now faces his toughest test to date when he takes on Roy Doliguez.
“Singapore’s flyweight prospect, Stephen Langdown will also be back in action as he meets A La Teng Hei Li from China. Of course, our main event is not to be missed, as ONE lightweight world champion Shinya Aoki puts his title on the line against the number one contender, Koji Ando.”
Dejdamrong, 36, is currently undefeated in MMA (4-0-0), having been a Muay Thai world champion, three-time Lumpinee champion and Thai national champion with an overall record of 282-65. He burst onto the MMA scene last year and finished all four of his opponents convincingly and now drops a division in a bid to win a ONE title.
Doliguez, 33, is currently riding a 6-1 record and considered one of the best strawweights in Asia. The Filipino is also a veteran of 40 pro boxing bouts.
Khan, who turns 21 on Monday, has a 3-1 record in pro MMA after building a 4-0 amateur record in the United States. A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt under Relson Gracie, the Singaporean star also has competitive wrestling and Muay Thai experience. With more than seven years of combat sports experience under his belt, Khan now takes on Wiratchai looking to win his fourth straight ONE bout.
Wiratchai, 26, is Thailand’s top featherweight, a practitioner of the Chinese martial art Baguazhang and has showcased an aggressive, brawling style every time he steps into the cage, making him a fan favourite.
The popular Ng has dazzled in the ONE cage, where he has won four of his five fights and fans will look forward to his return after a one-year layoff. A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt, Ng has never gone to a decision in his pro MMA career.
Sexton, who was born in Canada and now lives in Costa Rica, is a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt with eight wins and three losses. After discovering Jiu-Jitsu in 2001, ‘Tarzan’ quit his day job and dedicated his life to mastering the art before transitioning to MMA.
Langdown, 22, is one of Singapore’s brightest prospects in the country and has a 2-1-0 record in pro MMA, all in ONE, while his opponent hails from inner Mongolia, grew up wrestling and is a veteran of the MMA scene in China.
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Source: ONE Championship (www.onefc.com); Editing by SportAsia