ONE FC 21 Roar of Tigers Preview: Top Featherweights Collide in Kuala Lumpur

ONE FC 21: Roar of Tigers takes place this Friday, October 17th in Kuala Lumpur.  The official weigh-ins begin at 10:30am on Thursday at the Mines Wellness Hotel and will be open to the public.  The doors open at 6pm local time and the fights will begin at 7pm on Friday.  Tickets will be available for purchase and the event will be streamed on onefc.com.

The main event of the evening will be an entertaining scrap between Aussie “Ruthless” Rob Lisita and the M-1 Global Featherweight champ, Marat Gafurov.  Gafurov is making his ONE FC debut after starting his career off with 9 consecutive victories.  Marat has a grinding clinch game that will wear on even the toughest opponents.  Gafurov might look to use his new ONE FC rule set’s allowed knees to the head of a grounded opponent, a position he has frequented in his past fights, but has been unable to utilize until making the move to ONE FC cage.  “Ruthless” Rob was just named the team captain at Phuket Top Team and will be looking to turn that into a knockout win.  Rob Lisita is a well rounded fighter, who has established himself as one of the best featherweights in all of Asia.  Rob will be looking to put his hands on Marat, looking to test the Russian’s chin for any holes.  Don’t blink in this fight, both men have finishing ability with their submissions as well.  This fight should be another instant classic in the ONE FC cage.

In the evening’s co-main event, Malaysian lightweight Peter Davis will battle with the Philippine’s own Vaughn “The Spawn” Donayre.  Vaughn will be looking for his first win in the circular cage.  Training out of Yawyan Ardigma in Cebu City, Phillipines, Vaughn has won 6 times under the URCC banner.  Vaughn will look to keep this fight on the feet and possibly work for his own takedowns against the positional control of Peter Davis.  Peter Davis is a Malaysian MMA fighter with a 5-1 record in ONE FC, one of the longest tenured fighter’s in the promotions history will be looking for a shot at the lightweight champion, Shinya Aoki.

EV Ting (7-2) will look to use his heavy hands to put away Edward “the Rock” Kelly (5-1).  EV Ting will look to win the scrambles and use his heavy hands against Kelly.  Ann Osman (1-1) makes her return to ONE FC against Eygptian fighter Aya Saeid Saber (2-4).  Expect Osman to use her striking for the finish.  Thai MMA fighter Anatpong “Mak Mak” Bunrad (3-1) debuts against Mark Marcellinus (0-1).  Both men will be looking to strike in the early going.  Thailand’s Tanaphong Khunhankaew (5-3) looks for his fourth consecutive win against Pakistani fighter Bashir Ahmad (2-1).  The undefeated Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke (2-0) looks for his third win against Malaysia’s Saiful Merican (3-1).  Babod (1-0)  won his ONE FC debut, Eygpt’s Hesham Hiba (1-2) is looking to spoil his return.  Singapore’s Stephen Langdown (1-1) battles Malaysia’s Raymond Tan (2-2).

Gafurov vs Lisita

ONE FC 21: Roar of Tigers

Marat Gafurov vs Rob Lisita
Vaughn Donayre vs Peter Davis
Edward Kelly vs Ev Ting
Aya Saeid Saber vs Ann Osman
Bashir Ahmad vs Tanaphong Khunhankaew
Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke vs Saiful Merican
Stephen Langdown vs Raymond Tan
Anatpong Bunrad vs. Mark Marcellinus
Hisham Hiba vs “Babod” Mohammad Sotounzadeh

 

 

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  1. ONE FC 21: Live Play by Play and Results | FSA - FightSport Asia - October 17, 2014

    […] Follow FightSportAsia as we bring you all the action from Kuala Lumpur this Friday, October 17th.  ONE FC returns to Malaysia for ONE FC 21: Roar of Tigers.  The Main event of the evening features two of Asia’s best featherweights, as “Ruthless” Rob Lisita takes on M-1 Challenge featherweight champ, Marat Gafurov.  You can read more about the event in our preview. […]

  2. ONE FC 21 Results: A Night of Finishes, Impressive Performances | FSA - FightSport Asia - October 19, 2014

    […] ONE FC Roar of Tigers took place on Friday, October 17th in Kuala Lumpur.  The fight card was well-matched and destined to deliver exciting fights.  The 9-fight card kept the judges’s scorecards from being annoucned, as every fight ended before the start of the third round.  In the main-event of the evening, former M-1 Featherweight Champion and undefeated prospect, Marat Gafurov, stepped into the ONE FC for the first time against Phuket Top Team’s “Ruthless” Rob Lisita. […]

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