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MMA: ‘The Panther’ adds clout to Singapore’s One FC: Honor & Glory

Alain ‘The Panther’ Ngalani (right) will take on Englishman Chi Lewis Parry, a two-metre tall former basketball player who has won his first five MMA fights.

Alain ‘The Panther’ Ngalani (right) will head to Singapore to take on Englishman Chi Lewis Parry, a two-metre tall former basketball player who has won his first five MMA fights.

April 23, 2014: Hong Kong-based heavyweight Alain ‘The Panther’ Ngalani will take on undefeated Englishman Chi Lewis Parry in one of five fights added to the card for One FC: Honor & Glory, which will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on May 30.

 

Chinese bantamweight Ji ‘The Executioner’ Xian and Australia-based Thanh ‘Aladdin’ Vu of Vietnam will also face off in an evening already headlined by American Ben Askren, who will make his One FC debut against Bakhtiyar Abbasov from Azerbaijan.

 

In other new fights, Singaporeans Radeem Rahman and Stephen Langdown will take on Malaysia’s Raymond Tan and American Casey Suire respectively, while Malaysia’s Nik Harris will have the chance to avenge his 2012 defeat by Brad Robinson, a Singapore-based American.

 

The fearsome Ngalani is a four-time muay thai and kickboxing champion renowned for his explosive striking, famously knocking out his opponent with a spinning wheel kick in his One FC debut. The Cameroon-born heavyweight will take on the two-metre tall Parry, a former professional basketball player who boasts the longest reach in the One FC heavyweight division and has won all five of his fights.

 

Ji, who has a background in Sanda, was undefeated in his first eight MMA fights, capturing the Legend bantamweight championship along the way. The 26-year-old will take on Vu, a decorated grappler who has proven a One FC crowd favourite with his all-action style and now tackles the most high-profile opponent of his career.

 

Australia-based Thanh Vu of Vietnam will take on Ji Xian of China in a bantamweight bout.

Australia-based Thanh Vu of Vietnam will take on Ji Xian of China in a bantamweight bout.

Rahman was the first Singaporean to compete inside the One FC cage and is competing for the first time since defeating Susovan Ghosh from India in the organisation’s first event in 2011. His opponent Tan is a founding member of Penang Top Team who began his training in taekwondo before moving into MMA, memorably submitting local favourite Brianata Rosadhi in just 21 seconds in Indonesia last September.

 

Langdown returns after convincingly winning his One FC debut and will face fellow undefeated prospect Suire. The Louisiana-born Suire, who trains with Niko Han and Fransino Tirta in Indonesia, will also be entering the One FC cage for the second time after his win against Raymond Tan in Warrior Spirit last November.

 

Harris, who beat Indonesia’s Zuli Silawanto in Warrior Spirit, trains at MuayFit alongside fellow Malaysian fighters Peter Davis, Arnaud Lepont and Chen Yun Ting, and will look to avenge his defeat to Robinson. Robinson, also a television presenter for Cinemax, trains at Fight G in Singapore so will enjoy some local support.

 

Victor Cui, CEO of One FC, said: “One FC returns to the Singapore Indoor Stadium with the most stacked line-up of fights in the history of One FC. Fans in Singapore have been eagerly awaiting the return of world-class mixed martial arts action since our last event in October last year.

 

“The card will be headlined by the One FC debut of Ben Askren as he competes in Asia for the first time. Askren is the best welterweight in the world and he gets to prove that when he takes on Bakhtiyar Abbasov. We have also added five bouts featuring crowd favourites as One FC returns to Singapore for Honor & Glory.”

 

Fans in Asia can catch all the action live on STAR Sports, while fans can also witness the action online via live streaming for US$9.99.

 

For live streaming, visit: www.onefc.livesport.tv

For tickets, visit www.sportshub.com.sg/sportshubtix/events

For more information, visit www.onefc.com

 

Source: One FC

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