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Undefeated Spokane fighter Tyler McGuire to make ONE Championship debut in Malaysia

Tyler McGuire (YouTube/BJ Penn)

Tyler McGuire (YouTube/BJ Penn)

Fighting out of Spokane, Washington, Tyler McGuire, 32, has joined ONE Championship. The American mixed martial artist’s debut in the promotion will take place at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 13, 2018 at “ONE: Pursuit of Power.”

McGuire will compete in the welterweight division at “ONE: Pursuit of Power” against Luis “Sapo” Santos, 38, of Belem, Para, Brazil. It will be the eighth bout of the evening.

The Spokane native is entering ONE Championship with a perfect professional MMA record of 10 wins and 0 loss. Training out of Sik-Jitsu Fighting Systems in Spokane, he is known as a submission specialist.

Seven of McGuire’s victories came by way of submission. Known for his ability to display creative grappling techniques, he finds himself travelling halfway across the globe to Asia, where he plans to showcase his skills on the global stage of martial arts competition.

In McGuire’s most recent bout, which was at “ExciteFight: Conquest of the Cage” on February 2, 2018, he submitted his fellow Spokane fighter Jerome Jones, 33, via rear-naked choke. It was the eighth time McGuire finished a professional MMA bout in the first round.

On the other hand, Santos is coming out of a unanimous victory over Kiamrian Abbasov, 24, of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The Brazilian fighter has 64 wins and 10 losses.

Headlining “ONE: Pursuit of Power” are Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam, 27, of Sweden and Agilan “Alligator” Thani, 22, who will compete in the welterweight division. In the co-main event of the evening, ONE Super Series athletes “Smokin” Jo Nattawut, 28, of Thailand and Yohann Fairtex Drai, 26, of France will battle it out in a Muay Thai contest in the featherweight division.

Meanwhile, watch one of McGuire’s previous bouts here:

Ticket information for ONE: PURSUIT OF POWER is available at www.onefc.com.

For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit www.onefc.com, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ONEChampionship.

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