ONE FC 18: War of Dragons is scheduled to take place Friday evening at the NTU Sports Center in Taipei, Taiwan. The event features a number one contender’s bout for the ONE FC featherweight championship between Rob Lisita (14-5) and Eric Kelly (10-1). The winner will face the current champion, Koiji Oishi.
Kelly looks for a 2nd shot at the ONE FC featherweight title, after coming up short against Honario Banario in a fight to crown to inaugural champion, in his previous ONE FC bout. While Lisita is on a 4-fight win streak, including a successful ONE FC debut against Yusuke Kawanago, winning by knockout in 28 seconds.
In the co-main event, a lightweight bout between undefeated Brazilian Rafael Nunes (10-0) takes on Japan’s Koji Ando (9-3-2), both fighters are making their ONE FC debuts.
The event also features the the return of Evolve MMA’s Jake Butler (3-1), following his first career loss at ONE FC 11. The American wrestler takes on the debuting Egyptian, Mohamed Ali (9-6).
A total of 3 local Taiwanese fighters will also be on the card as heavyweight Paul Cheng (3-1) faces Mahmoud Hassan (1-3); bantamweight Sung Ming Yen (2-1) debuts against Nick Lee (2-1); and Jeff Huang (3-1) squares off against Bala Shetty (0-0)
19 of the 20 fighters successfully made weight for their respective bouts, with only Rayner Kinsiong missing the lightweight limit for his bout against Elliot Corley.
The event will air on IPPV on www.onefc.livesport.tv/, beginning at 7:30 am est, 7:30 pm local time.
Full One FC 18 Weigh-in Results:
Eric Kelly (144.2 pounds) vs. Rob Lisita (145)
Rafael Nunes (154.3) vs. Koji Ando (154.5)
Yusup Saadulaev (134.7) vs. Koetsu Okazaki (134.9)
Jake Butler (204.8) vs. Mohamed Ali (204.4)
Mahmoud Hassan (224.9) vs. Paul Cheng (253.5)
Chi Lewis Parry (242.5) vs. Alain Ngalani (231.5)
Nick Lee (134.9) vs. Ming Yen Sung (132.3)
Bala Shetty (168.9) vs. Jeff Huang (167.1)
Elliot Corley (154.3) vs. Rayner Kinsiong (156.7)*
Nathan Ng (145.1) vs. Florian Garel (144.8)
*Kinsiong has one hour to make the lightweight limit