Three match-ups announced for ONE FC 15: Rise of Heroes in May

Asia’s powerhouse promotion, ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC) takes it’s first trip to the SM Mall of Asia Arena on May 2nd in Manila, Philippines.

Headlining the event will see reigning Bantamweight Champion Bibiano Fernandes test his skills against former Shooto star Masakatsu Ueda, who looks to end the Brazilians 3-year unbeaten run.

As well as an exciting title affair, Australia’s very own Rob Lisita and Japans hard-hitting Yusuke Kawanago square off in a 145-lb contest, where both men are set to make their promotional debuts.

Also announced for the card was the return of Malaysia’s fast-rising and highly touted prospect Gianni Subba, who looks to maintain his flawless record under the bright lights of ONE FC, while Eugene Toquero aims to bounce back following his debut, that notched up his first professional loss of his career.

CEO of ONE Fighting Championship™ Victor Cui stated, “Expect ONE FC: RISE OF HEROES to be a night of explosive knockouts and exciting finishes as we return to the Philippines with probably the most exciting fight card ever! The 10 bouts that are planned for the night will feature the biggest stars from the Philippines and around the world. These bouts set the tone for a blockbuster card that will keep fans from around the world on the edge of their seats.

Bibiano Fernandes (15-3) is a household name inside the ONE FC cage and throughout the Mixed Martial Arts community. The 33-year-old puts his 135-lb strap on the line, following his first title defense over Soo-Chul Kim back in 2013.

After making his debut inside the famed ONE FC cage, the Brazilian has gone 3-0 since joining the promotion back in 2012. With wins over Gustavo Falciroli, Koetsu Okazaki and the aforementioned Soo-Chul Kim.

Currently on a 7-fight win streak, that spans from 2011-2013. Fernandes now turns his attention to his next challenge, as the two high-level grapplers face off.

Masakatsu Ueda (18-2-2) a veteran of the sport for almost a decade stepped in to the ONE FC cage for the first time back in 2012, following a long and illustrious career fighting for one of the most recognizable promotions in all of Asia — Shooto.

The former Shooto Featherweight (132-lbs) Champion, who like his opponent has gone 3-0 with the promotion, earned his shot at gold defeating Min Jung Song and Jens Pulver.

Most recently, Ueda was involved in a highly entertaining back and forth battle between Team Lakay standout Kevin Belingon to close out the year, which saw the 36-year-old Ueda get his hand raised.

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Rob Lisita (13-5) is noted as being Australia’s best Featherweight. Having fought in his native Australia, Lisita got the chance to compete for ( the now defunct) Legend FC, where he took a one-sided Unanimous Decision win over Yeong Gwang Choi.

The 31-year-old, who resides out of the respected Phuket Top Team entered the ring once again, but this time fell short to the heavy hands of Yusuke Kawanago, dropping a Unanimous Decision loss back in 2012

Fast-forward one year on, and Lisita hasn’t looked back, having won three straight in 2013, that included two impressive finishes over Rodolfo Marques Diniz & Takeshi Inoue.

Now as he makes his promotional debut later this year, Lisita will have a chance at redemption when he squares off against the last man to defeat him.

Yusuke Kawanago (13-3-2) was the last ever Legend FC Featherweight Champion, where he defended his title just once. And that came against Rob Lisita back in 2012.

Since then, the 31-year-old who’s known for his heavy hands made his long awaited return to the sport last month under the Pancrase banner, where Kawanago met Hiroyuki Oshiro at “PANCRASE 256” that ended in a Majority Draw.

Kawanago, now aims to be more active under his new promotion. And his first hurdle will be a rematch with Rob Lisita, when the pair meet later this year in May.

Gianni Subba (3-0) is one of Asia’s most promising young prospects. Malaysia’s 21-year-old burst on to the scene at ONE FC 6: Rise of Kings, knocking his opponent Bruce Loh out cold in just 33 seconds into the very first round.

Having fought all three of his bouts under the ONE FC banner, Subba looks to maintain his winning ways and build up enough steam in order to challenge for the title in the near future.

Eugene Toquero (4-1) a Filipino prospect who made his way over to ONE FC late last year, after dismantling his previous four opponents under the respected PXC promotion.

Toquero, who trains out of Submission Sports debuted against fellow countrymen Geje Eustaquio. After an entertaining contest, Toquero went on to lose his first professional bout of his career. And at the same time snapping his 4-fight win streak, that included all finishes.

Now he gets a fresh start in a new year. And it begins with Gianni Subba in what should be a great bout for Mixed Martial Arts fans.

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