Cyrpus and Thailand will be represented at “ONE: Heart of the Lion,” a ONE Championship event taking place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on November 9, 2018. In the sixth bout of the evening, Panicos Yusuf, 33, of Cyprus will face Muangthai P.K.Saenchai Muaythaigym of Thailand.
“ONE: Heart of the Lion” will feature 14 matches, which include nine mixed martial arts bouts and five ONE Super Series contests. The striking contests include three Muay Thai fights, one kickboxing bout and one sanda contest.
One of the Muay Thai fights is between Yusuf and Muangthai. They will compete in the bantamweight division.
Yusuf is the only fighter representing Cyprus at “ONE: Heart of the Lion.” He is of Cypriot and Filipino descent.
The Filipino-Cypriot martial artist made his ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: Reign of Kings” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on July 27, 2018. He defeated Han Zi Hao, 23, of China via unanimous decision in a Muay Thai bantamweight bout.
On the other hand, Muangthai is one of the five Thai fighters competing at “ONE: Heart of the Lion.” The other four are Jo Nattawut, Yodlekpet T-Ded 99, Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke and Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy.
In the co-main event of “ONE: Heart of the Lion,” Christian “The Warrior” Lee, 30, of Singapore and Kazuki Tokudome, 31, of Tokyo, Japan will compete in an MMA match in a catch weight of 73 kg. In the 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 Fernandes and Belingon. Here is the full “ONE: Heart of the Lion” fight card:
- MMA featherweight: Anthony Engelen (Netherlands) vs Meas Meul (Cambodia)
- MMA bantamweight: Hisyam Samsudin (Malaysia) vs Xie Bin (China)
- MMA bantamweight: Muhammad Aiman (Malaysia) vs Shuya Kamikubo (Japan)
- ONE Super Series sanda featherweight: Shahzaib Rindh (Pakistan) vs Feng Lei (China)
- MMA lightweight: Adrian Pang (Australia) vs Kota Shimoishi (Japan)
- ONE Super Series Muay Thai bantamweight: Panicos Yusuf (Cyprus) vs Muangthai P.K.Saenchai Muaythaigym (Thailand)
- ONE Super Series Muay Thai featherweight: George Mann (United Kingdom) vs Smokin’ Jo Nattawut (Thailand)
8. MMA featherweight: Garry Tonon (United States) vs Sung Jong Lee (South Korea)
9. ONE Super Series Muay Thai bantamweight: Andrew Miller (United Kingdom) vs Yodlekpet T-Ded 99 (Thailand)
10. MMA strawweight: Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke (Thailand) vs Himanshu Kaushik (India)
11. MMA strawweight: Tiffany Teo (Singapore) vs Michelle Nicolini (Brazil)
12. ONE Super Series kickboxing catchweight 71 kg: Giorgio Petrosyan (Italy) vs Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy (Thailand)
13. MMA catchweight (73 kg): Christian Lee (Singapore) vs Kazuki Tokudome (Japan)
14. ONE Bantamweight World Championship: Bibiano Fernandes (Brazil) vs Kevin Belingon (Philippines)
- Featherweight MMA: Abro Fernandes (Indonesia) vs Chan Rothana (Cambodia)
- Strawweight MMA: Alex Silva (Brazil) Pongsiri Mitsatit (Thailand)
- 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.