UFC 236 Video! ‘Blessed’ Details His Biggest Octagon Battles

UFC featherweight king Max Holloway will try to become just the fourth fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold two titles when he squares off with Dustin Poirier later tonight (Sat., April 13, 2019) at UFC 236 live on ESPN+ PPV from inside State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, for the interim lightweight title. It is a rematch over seven years in the making as “Diamond” defeated Holloway via submission back at UFC 143.

This is not only a huge opportunity for Holloway to headline UFC’s PPV debut on ESPN+, but it’s a chance for “Blessed” to prove that his long-storied success at featherweight can transition over to the 155-pound level. As the owner of a staggering 13-fight win streak, which is insanely impressive given the current talent at 145 pounds, Holloway is on the cusp of everlasting greatness. A win over Poirier should also line the Hawaiian up for a massive showdown with undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

In advance to Holloway’s main event rematch with Poirier, the featherweight champion sat down with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto to take a look back at his Octagon journey throughout the years. Holloway not only breaks down his key wins over the likes of Jose Aldo and Brian Ortega, but he also discusses his first encounter with Poirier back in 2012 and his last recorded loss to Conor McGregor back in 2013.

Check out the video above courtesy of ESPN.

Only time will tell if Holloway can get his revenge on Poirier later tonight at UFC 236. If “Blessed” is able to win in convincing fashion and hoist two belts atop the cage in front of Atlanta’s finest it may finally be time to mention him among the best fighters to ever do it.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 236 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, before the ESPN+ PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

For more UFC 236 fight card news click here.

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Highlights! Lomachenko Scores Face-Plant KO In Dominant Title Defense

As boxing’s pound-for-pound best, reigning WBA (Super) and WBO lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (13-1, 10 KO) needed to dominate last night (Fri., April 12, 2019) live on ESPN+ from inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Luckily for the champ, he was able to put a stop to English veteran Anthony Crolla (34-7-3, 13 KO) via fourth-round knockout.

In typical “Matrix” fashion, Lomachenko took his time in the opening rounds to gauge Crolla’s movements with feints and pressure. Once he downloaded enough information Lomachenko piled on vicious combinations in Round 3 that put Crolla against the ropes and forced a referee break for a technical knockdown.

In Round 4, Lomechenko continue to pile on the offense. A few combinations and a body shot backed Crolla towards the corner. Lomachenko then landed a left hand followed by a brutal right hook on the side of the head that shut Crolla off and sent the Englishman into a faceplant on the canvas.

Check out the memorable fourth-round finish below along with some more action:

With this win, Lomachenko proves yet again that he’s the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. The 31-year-old lightweight finally looked healthy after shoulder surgery last year and it showed in his performance against Crolla. “Matrix” is simply dominating the competition at every turn so it may be time to pit Lomachenko against WBC and IBF lightweight champion Mikey Garcia.

For complete “Lomachenko vs. Crolla” results and coverage click here.

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‘Lionheart’ Vows To Drill Hole Through ‘Piece Of S–t’ Rockhold

It’s safe to say that Anthony Smith is not a fan of Luke Rockhold. If he is, he sure has a weird way of showing it.

While Smith and Rockhold have actually never fought inside of the Octagon, their feud is quickly boiling over outside of it. “Lionheart” certainly hasn’t been innocent in his verbal exchanges with the former UFC middleweight champion, but Rockhold ultimately struck the first blow late last year when discussing Smith’s abilities at light heavyweight.

“Anthony Smith, yeah. I mean, what, (Thiago) Santos came up just recently too. These guys, I’m just not impressed,” Rockhold told Submission Radio back in December. “They’re a little sloppy in so many ways and I see openings and I’m ready to move up. I mean, the rest of the division, there’s a couple of good guys up there, but I don’t see much. I’m ready to come up and I’m ready to shut it down. [Smith] looked like sh-t. He didn’t look good in his last fight. I’m not gonna say… he looked like a bum, truthfully.”

Since those comments were made, Smith has gone on to lose to current light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in his first ever UFC title shot back in March and Rockhold has announced his official move up to 205 pounds. Now that they are in the same weight class and seem to be lining themselves up for a potential showdown inside of the Octagon, Smith is turning the heat up.

“That guys a f—king piece of sh-t,” said Smith during UFC’s seasonal press conference early Friday (video replay HERE). “F—k Luke Rockhold. The first opportunity I get, I’m gonna drill a hole through Luke Rockhold’s f—king face. I promise you guys that.”

Smith, who would gladly scrap with Rockhold inside of a Walmart, is currently scheduled to fight former title challenger Alexander Gustafsson this June at UFC on ESPN+ 10. Even though a win over Gustafsson could put “Lionheart” one more win away from a rematch with Jones he’s willing to cast that aside for a grudge match with Rockhold.

“The first opportunity I get after this fight [with Gustafsson],” Smith said when asked when he’d like to fight Rockhold. “It doesn’t matter what happens. I’ll fight Luke Rockhold with one f—king leg. I’m going to beat that dude’s f—king ass.”

Rockhold, who is coming off a disappointing knockout loss to Yoel Romero back at UFC 221 last year, is currently slated to make his 205-pound debut opposite divisional staple Jan Blachowicz at UFC 239 this July, which is an event expected to be headlined by a Jon Jones vs. Thiago Santos title fight. Should Rockhold get past Blachowicz and back into the UFC win column it would make complete sense for the promotion to book the grudge match with Smith.

Of course, a loss for either man would likely cancel out a potential clash inside of the cage.

What say you, Maniacs? Is Smith vs. Rockhold a matchup you want to see at 205 pounds? Who has the early advantage?

Sound off!

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‘I Messed Up’

By now, we’ve heard from just about everyone in mixed martial arts (MMA) regarding the recent drug test suspension handed down to former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw, who tested positive for recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO) in the wake of his UFC Brooklyn loss to Henry Cejudo.

One person we haven’t heard from was Dillashaw himself, likely because the disgraced ex-champion was too embarrassed to show his face. But it sounds like he’s ready to own up to his mistakes and wants the combat sports universe to know that he’ll spend his two-year timeout reflecting on his poor decisions, while also healing up from recent injuries.

From his lengthy Instagram post:

“I messed up. I have been having a hard time trying to forgive myself for this. Which I should have a hard time. I understand the criticism and scrutiny coming my way. But what I really feel bad about is the bad light bringing on to my coaches, my family and my teammates. They had no involvement in this and I feel the worst for them. I have a 15-month old son and I want to be a role model for him. As well as a lot of other kids out there too, it’s tough. But I got to man up for what I did. I accepted all penalties and I didn’t try to fight this. I am going to sit for the next two years. 2021 is when I am allowed to come back. The road to comeback is, I had shoulder surgery yesterday on my right shoulder. Two months later I am getting my left one done. I had a torn rotator cuff, labrum, for the last two and a half years and I’ve been dealing with it. It will be nice to get those healed up and come back. I have had people telling me I should just disappear and let this thing die out for the next two years. But I don’t think that’s the way to handle it. I’m coming out, showing my son that when you make a mistake face it to its face and don’t run form it. Trust me, I’d love to run away and go hide in a cave for the next two years and continue to grow out this shitty beard. It has been weighing on me, and like I said, it should. This is who I am, a fighter and I will fight my way through this one. I want to apologize to my fans and anyone I have let down. Obviously to my family and my coaches ad teammates. I can’t say sorry enough for stuff you are dealing with because of me. This won’t be the end of me and I will be back. I am making you a promise now that I will be back better and stronger and prove that all hard work that I put in is what brought me where I am at and not the bad decisions I made. All I can do to redeem myself is work hard and be better. I want to be better and I will.”

Dillashaw, who was also suspended for one year by New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC), was unsuccessful in his hasty attempt to drop down to the flyweight division to capture the crown from the 125-pound “Messenger.”

Following his departure, Cejudo has agreed to move up in weight to challenge Marlon Moraes for the vacant bantamweight strap. They’ll do the deed at the upcoming UFC 238 pay-per-view (PPV) event this June in Chicago.

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Midnight Mania! Think Gastelum Hits Hard? Watch ‘Style Bender’ Spar ‘Rumble’

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Israel Adesanya is set to face former welterweight Kelvin Gastelum in an interim middleweight title fight this Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 236. If he wins, he will face another former welterweight, Robert Whittaker. Facing hard-hitting former welterweights is nothing new for Israel, however. Back before his UFC days, when he was only 3-0 in mixed martial arts competition, he was flown in to imitate Jon Jones in sparring against now-retired light heavyweight contender Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson.

It is clear they weren’t sparring at full power, but it is also evident how much power Anthony Johnson can generate. Adesanya is wholly unphased sparring with the bigger man, calmly rolling his shoulder, measuring the distance, and lining up his punches and kicks. It makes one wonder how Johnson would have done against Jones… and how Adesanya might do against Jones in a future matchup.

Will Adesanya’s striking wizardry and massive reach advantage prevail over Gastelum’s grit, power and one-two? We will find out, Saturday night. Until then, read professional fighter and resident analyst Andrew Richardson’s technical breakdown!


Insomnia

An old classic

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Wow!! Sticks and Stones do hurt

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Disney’s business moves now have implications for UFC fans, especially those with families:

The UFC leaving the PPV providers let boxing promoters shake them down for more money.

2018 was a pretty good year for the UFC

Charge. Definitely a charge.

Cody Garbrandt offers to take a lie detector test saying he’s never taken performance enhancing drugs while competing in the UFC. Professor Marston would be proud, but that wouldn’t prove anything.

Daniel Cormier claiming Brock Lesnar deserves a title fight? I’m willing to tune in and watch DC get his swan song money fight, but let’s not kid ourselves.

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Money Fights > Rankings

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The ol’ Bobby Hill tactic

Michael Chiesa was among those not buying TJ Dillashaw’s strength and conditioning coach’s Shakespearean diatribe.

The idea that the S&C coach didn’t know anything, doesn’t exactly hold water.

I wanted to write a whole translation article, but Artem Lobov summed it all up in one sentence.

USADA was very interested in Ali Abdelaziz’ very intelligent comments about knowing athletes on EPO.

What I had forgotten about this immortal moment was TJ’s sneer as he shrugged off Cody’s incensed accusations.

Unbelievably good round of boxing

Gary Busey??

That wig and glasses act ain’t fooling us, Dana!

Sean O’Malley hitting pads is always a pleasure to watch

This would be embarrassing

This is ridiculously impressive, but did she just stab her carpet??


Random Land

Touching

For some reason I can’t quite place, this seems like a bad idea.

Very modern art

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Midnight Mania! Think Gastelum Hits Hard? Watch ‘Style Bender’ Spar ‘Rumble’

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Israel Adesanya is set to face former welterweight Kelvin Gastelum in an interim middleweight title fight this Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 236. If he wins, he will face another former welterweight, Robert Whittaker. Facing hard-hitting former welterweights is nothing new for Israel, however. Back before his UFC days, when he was only 3-0 in mixed martial arts competition, he was flown in to imitate Jon Jones in sparring against now-retired light heavyweight contender Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson.

It is clear they weren’t sparring at full power, but it is also evident how much power Anthony Johnson can generate. Adesanya is wholly unphased sparring with the bigger man, calmly rolling his shoulder, measuring the distance, and lining up his punches and kicks. It makes one wonder how Johnson would have done against Jones… and how Adesanya might do against Jones in a future matchup.

Will Adesanya’s striking wizardry and massive reach advantage prevail over Gastelum’s grit, power and one-two? We will find out, Saturday night. Until then, read professional fighter and resident analyst Andrew Richardson’s technical breakdown!


Insomnia

An old classic

View this post on Instagram

Wow!! Sticks and Stones do hurt

A post shared by Javier Mendez (@akajav) on

Disney’s business moves now have implications for UFC fans, especially those with families:

The UFC leaving the PPV providers let boxing promoters shake them down for more money.

2018 was a pretty good year for the UFC

Charge. Definitely a charge.

Cody Garbrandt offers to take a lie detector test saying he’s never taken performance enhancing drugs while competing in the UFC. Professor Marston would be proud, but that wouldn’t prove anything.

Daniel Cormier claiming Brock Lesnar deserves a title fight? I’m willing to tune in and watch DC get his swan song money fight, but let’s not kid ourselves.

View this post on Instagram

Money Fights > Rankings

A post shared by As Shopped As It Gets (@as_shopped_as_it_gets) on

The ol’ Bobby Hill tactic

Michael Chiesa was among those not buying TJ Dillashaw’s strength and conditioning coach’s Shakespearean diatribe.

The idea that the S&C coach didn’t know anything, doesn’t exactly hold water.

I wanted to write a whole translation article, but Artem Lobov summed it all up in one sentence.

USADA was very interested in Ali Abdelaziz’ very intelligent comments about knowing athletes on EPO.

What I had forgotten about this immortal moment was TJ’s sneer as he shrugged off Cody’s incensed accusations.

Unbelievably good round of boxing

Gary Busey??

That wig and glasses act ain’t fooling us, Dana!

Sean O’Malley hitting pads is always a pleasure to watch

This would be embarrassing

This is ridiculously impressive, but did she just stab her carpet??


Random Land

Touching

For some reason I can’t quite place, this seems like a bad idea.

Very modern art

Sleep well, Maniacs! A better tomorrow is always possible. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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UFC 236 Preview: The Dawn Of A New Error

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back on pay-per-view (PPV) this Sat. night (April 13, 2019) for UFC 236: “Holloway vs. Poirier 2,” taking place inside State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, headlined by not one, but two interim title fights.

Unlike the traditional model, where fans simply called up their cable or satellite provider, UFC 236 will be the first event under the promotion’s new seven-year deal with ESPN where a subscription to the ESPN+ digital streaming service will be required to order the PPV.

That gives you, the fan, a handful of options. You can shell out five bucks a month for ESPN+ and then pay another $ 60 for every PPV that interests you, or pass on the service and head over to the local watering hole (like Buffalo Wild Wings) to watch it with your friends.

Yes, some fans illegally stream the events online anyway and this new, restrictive deal is likely to force even more viewers to give piracy a try. But there are also those consumers who already have subscriptions to Netflix and Hulu, among others, and simply can’t afford another annual commitment.

UFC will try to convince you that by lowering the price of the PPV from $ 64.99 to $ 59.99, it eliminates the price of the ESPN+ subscription and it’s basically a wash. Sounds great on paper, but it’s only a wash if you purchase all 12 events.

Sorry folks, but spending $ 780 to break even is not a wash.

Promotion president, Dana White, told Megan Olivi during their recent press conference (disguised as an interview) that UFC is simply joining the digital movement, which is the way of the future and everyone is inevitably cutting the cord anyway and blah, blah, blah.

He also said that anyone who doesn’t see the new ESPN deal as a “win” should shut up and stop covering the sport, because UFC got $ 300 million per year from the “worldwide leader in sports” in 2018 as opposed to $ 116 million per year from FOX back in 2011.

He forgot to mention the original asking price was $ 450 million.

How this new deal affects fighters, many of whom are accustomed to earning PPV points, is unknown. What I can say for certain is that for Jon Jones to sell 600,000 PPVs, there must first be a minimum of 600,000 ESPN+ subscribers, every single one of them must be UFC fans, and every single one of them must purchase UFC 239 in July.

Uh huh.

ESPN has done an admirable job of telling us how many new subscribers join every month, in what appears to be an outward justification for the hefty sum shelled out to carry UFC events. What the network hasn’t told us, is how many of those same subscribers jump ship after their seven-day free trial expires.

I’d love to know the numbers behind that revolving door.

I guess the above whine-a-thon was a longwinded way of being butthurt over the loss of freedom. I want to be able to pick and choose which UFC PPV events I purchase and I want to be able to push the button on my DirectTV remote to buy them.

UFC 236 is a solid card (see it) and let’s be honest, is there anyone out there in MMA land who believes the Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier rematch won’t deliver? And I’m also intrigued to see what Israel Adesanya can do against a grinder like Kelvin Gastelum. The interim titles up for grabs in both contests are of no interest to me because both champions, Khabib Nurmagomedov (lightweight) and Robert Whittaker (middleweight), are expected back in just a few months.

These are simply interesting fights that I’d like to see, but I’m holding onto my seven-day free trial for UFC 239, which on paper, is likely to be the most stacked fight card of the year. After that, I’m not sure what my plan is, but I sure do love that Thai Curry sauce on my hot wings.

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Face Off! ‘Blessed’ Stares Down ‘Diamond’ In Atlanta

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is inching ever-so-closer to its UFC 236: “Holloway vs. Poirier 2” pay-per-view (PPV) event, set to go down this Sat. night (April 13, 2019) inside State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

Leading the charge will be the lightweight interim title fight main event between featherweight kingpin Max Holloway and top 155-pound contender Dustin Poirier, with the winner moving on to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov later this year.

In the UFC 236 championship co-main event, also scheduled for five punishing rounds, middleweight bruiser Kelvin Gastelum collides with 185-pound striking sensation Israel Adesanya for the interim title while current champion, Robert Whittaker, heals up from his recent “freak injury.”

Watch them all face off at the UFC 236 media day in the video above.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 236 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, before the ESPN+ PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

To see who else is fighting at UFC 236 click here.

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Midnight Mania! MMA Manager Says He Knows ‘At Least 5’ On EPO

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Whenever an athlete fails for Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs), one of the first questions is always, who knew? Did their coach know? What about their teammates? Their strength and conditioning coach? What about their manager?

MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz, who manages such fighters as Kamaru Usman, Cody Garbrandt, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Frankie Edgar, is getting ahead of these questions. He says he knows at least 5 people who are on EPO. Are they his clients, one wonders?

TJ going through what he’s going through. He’s already dealing with a lot of problems. But @Cody_Nolove those 2 losses should be no contests. Usada doing a horrible job testing guys for EPO, I know at least 5 ppl who are on it

He is referring, of course, to TJ Dillashaw’s positive test for EPO, and the revelation in the aftermath that USADA doesn’t test for EPO as part of their standard routine; it requires a special test that they do not always run. They retested a sample from before the Cejudo fight that also came back positive for the substance. This raised the question, if a retroactive test came back positive for the period prior to, say, a fight with Cody Garbrandt, should that result be overturned? We know how Garbrandt’s manager would vote.

While we are talking about the figures surrounding fighters who might have knowledge of their EPO habits, this statement from Dillashaw’s strength and conditioning coach is remarkable. It must be read to be believed.

Suffice it to say that when you start out a sentence “As a man of few words”, and the rest of that sentence is “preferring passion and belief as a shield to be carried out upon, I am bemused to careless and reckless dialog for no other purpose than to make myself heard among the masses plagued by willful ignorance”, you already lost credibility.


Insomnia

Dillashaw certainly has people talking, including Georges St. Pierre’s coach Firas Zahabi.

Lobov fails to see how Dillashaw is suffering.

I’ll believe it when I see it. Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa seems like it might turn out to be one of those Cursed Matchups that are too good for this plane

I honestly can’t tell if this picture of Ben Askren’s hair is real or not

Max Holloway is the man.

Good to know who tops McGregor’s number one enemy list.

There is a good chance that Dustin Poirier vs. Max Holloway is fought at the most furious pace in UFC history.

Ben Askren suggests a new way for Cris Cyborg to smash watermelons.

TMZ got the wrong guy from the Van Heusen commercial. Not Stephen Thompson!

‘When the kicks came with punches’ is an excellent short story title

This is amazing


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It is a day for stylized language applied to very ordinary scenarios

It’s nearly summer again

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ONE: “Roots Of Honor” Preview (Pt. 1)

ONE: “Roots of Honor” is set for the MOA Arena in Manila on Friday (April 12, 2019) and features two title fights. Joshua Pacio will be looking to reclaim his strawweight strap while Martin Nguyen defends his featherweight belt for the second time.

The Philippines is currently without a ONE Championship titleholder after Eduard Folayang and Kevin Belingon both lost in Tokyo, albeit in wildly different circumstances. Pacio will be looking to rectify that situation when he faces Yosuke Saruta.

Meanwhile, Nguyen faces a former featherweight champion in Narantungalag Jadambaa. The card also features the remaining quarterfinal bout in the flyweight Grand Prix with Tatsumitsu Wada taking on Gustavo Balart.

Here’s my preview of the first seven fights:

125 lbs.: Ramon Gonzales vs. Akihiro Fujisawa (Strawweight)

Ramon Gonzalez (3-2) is a multiple time Karate champion whose life story was recently the subject of a TV drama in the Philippines. Despite coming from such a strong striking background he is coming off back to back submission wins.

Akihiro Fujisawa (5-0-1) had his first pro fight in 2008. He resurrected his career in Thailand a decade later and is riding a five fight winning streak. The Japanese fighter looks to be primarily a grappler.

115 lbs.: Bi Nguyen vs. Dwi Ani Retno Wulan (Atomweight)

Bi Nguyen (4-3) has been in with some very tough atomweights in the U.S. She’s perhaps better known for an appearance on the Survivor TV show than her exploits inside the MMA arena.

However, the Vietnamese American trains very seriously and has been at Tiger Muay Thai to prepare for her ONE Championship debut. She will be a strong favorite against Indonesia’s Dwi Ani Retno Wulan (1-0).

135 lbs.: Muay Thai — Lerdsila Champairtour vs. Kohei Kodera (Flyweight)

Lerdsila Champairtour is a Muay Thai veteran who has won two fights out of two in the ONE Super Series. The 38 year old is good at making opponents miss and then punishing them with a fast right kick.

Kohei Kodera looked very good in his ONE Super Series debut but faces a big step up in opposition here. He won the WBC International 126-pound title but is massively outranked by his opponent in Muay Thai terms.

135 lbs.: Niko Soe vs. Eko Roni Saputra (Flyweight)

Niko Soe (2-1) made his ONE Championship debut in 2016 but has not fought since. He’s been training MMA for the best part of a decade even if his fights have been far and few between.

Eko Roni Saputra is a decorated wrestler from Indonesia who trains at Evolve MMA. Local pride will be at stake here because his opponent fights out of Impact MMA in Singapore.

145 lbs.: Ahmad Qais Jasoor vs. Xie Bin (Bantamweight)

Ahmad Qais Jasoor (5-1-1) was originally scheduled to face Masakazu Imanari in Jakarta but couldn’t get a visa. He might feel he dodged a bullet by missing out on a matchup with the most dangerous leg lock specialist in the sport.

Instead, the Afghan finds himself facing Xie Bin (6-2). The Chinese fighter is on a five-fight winning streak and could establish himself as an unlikely title contender with a win in Manila.

145 lbs.: Muay Thai — Saemapetch Fairtex vs. Ognjen Topic (Bantamweight)

Saemapetch Fairtex is a former Channel 7 star who won one of the biggest tournaments in Muay Thai. He’s a southpaw with a solid left kick and has won all his ONE Super Series bouts so far.

Ognjen Topic is also coming off a ONE Super Series win and has been in with the likes of Saenchai Sor Kingstar and Tukkatatong Petpayathai although he lost both fights and will be an underdog here.

155 lbs.: Eric Kelly vs. Won Il Kwon (Featherweight)

Eric Kelly (12-6) is on a five-fight losing streak and hasn’t won a fight since 2015. He has hard kicks and can slap on rear-naked chokes from unorthodox angles but is a bit flat footed and the division has evolved since his days as a top title contender.

Won Il Kwon (6-1) is one of the tallest fighters in the division but is coming off a first career loss at the hands of Masakazu Imanari.

The entire ONE: “Roots of Honor” fight card will be available to view live and free in some territories using the newly launched app which you can download here. In the U.S. it will be streamed on B/R Live.

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