Malaysia and Japan will be represented at “ONE: Heart of a Lion,” a ONE Championship event taking place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on November 9, 2018. In the third bout of the evening, “Jungle Cat” Muhammad Aiman, 23, of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will face Shuya “Stealth” Kamikubo, 24, of Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.
Based out of Bali, Indonesia, Aiman has impressed in his time inside the ONE Championship cage thus far, defeating Hisyam Samsudin by unanimous decision in his first match in the promotion before stopping Brazilian grappler Eduardo Novaes in his second outing. In the Malaysian mixed martial artist’s most recent contest, he thoroughly dominated Chen Lei to win by submission in the second round.
Aiman is a former MIMMA Featherweight Champion while Kamikubo is the DEEP Future King 2014 Tournament Champion. A former collegiate judoka, the Japanese contender dedicated himself to his judo training during his studies at Nihon University and achieved several top finishes in major tournaments.
Now owning a professional MMA record of 8 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, Kamikubo was inspired to compete in MMA by the success of fellow judoka and Japanese martial arts legend Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki. Before joining ONE Championship, the former competed mostly in Japanese regional promotions such as Pancrase and Tribe Tokyo Fight.
In the main event of “ONE: Heart of a Lion,” reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 30, of China will defend her title against ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee, 20, of Singapore. This the first time two female reigning world champions are fighting each other in ONE Championship.
In the co-main event, reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 38, of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil will defend his title against ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, 30, of Kiangan, Ifugao, Philippines. The bantamweight title unification bout will be a rematch between the two.
Here is the full “ONE: Heart of a Lion” fight card:
- Featherweight MMA: Abro Fernandes (Indonesia) vs Chan Rothana (Cambodia)
- Bantamweight MMA: Hisyam Samsudin (Malaysia) vs Xie Bin (China)
- Flyweight MMA: Muhammad Aiman (Malaysia) vs Shuya Kamikubo (Japan)
- Women’s strawweight MMA: Tiffany Teo (Singapore) vs Michelle Nicolini (Brazil)
- MMA: Adrian Pang (Australia) vs Kota Shimoishi (Japan)
- Lightweight MMA: Garry Tonon (United States) vs Sung Jong Lee (South Korea)
- Strawweight MMA: Alex Silva (Brazil) Pongsiri Mitsatit (Thailand)
- ONE Super Series kickboxing: Giorgio Petrosyan (Italy) vs Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy (Thailand)
- ONE Bantamweight World Championship: Bibiano Fernandes (Brazil) vs Kevin Belingon (Philippines)
- ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship: Xiong Jing Nan (China) vs Angela Lee (Singapore)
Ticket information for ONE: HEART OF THE LION is available at www.onefc.com.