The first round of ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix is scheduled for tomorrow night (May 17) in Singapore at the event billed as “Enter the Dragon”. The contest features eight international competitors battling it out in the format of knockout tournament. To take all the contender has to collect three victories going through quarter-final, semi-final and final.
The roster of the eliminator has seen a change when two-time K-1 World MAX champion from Holland Andy Souwer was replaced by Ukrainian Sasha Moisa (39-7). The latter took the fight against Thai “Smokin” Jo Natawut (69-7-2) on a week notice. The replacement was made due to an undisclosed reason.
Moisa is known for his Muay Thai battle against Buakiew Por. Pongsawang at the “All Star Fight” event in Thailand, as well as the bareknuckle knockout of Shwe Yar Mann at the World Lethwei Championship in Myanmar. Taking on Natawut he is looking for a ticket to semi-final where he might face the winner of Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy bout.
Two other quarter-finals feature Yodsanklai Fairtex up against Samy Sana, and Dzhabar Askerov face off Enriko Kehl.
Appears not only Saenchai fights much taller opponents.
Here is Yodsanklai faces Samy Sana ahead of their @ONEChampionship bout.
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In addition, this week the promotion announced the prize money for the winner of WGP.
“I would also like to announce, and it’s a surprise to eight of the fighters here, the winner gets US$1 million dollars. More than that, he will have the bragging rights to call himself the best striker in the world,” said Chairman and CEO of the promotion, Chatri Sityodtong at the press conference.
In the main event of ONE: Enter the Dragon Shinya Aoki defends his ONE Lightweight title against Christian Lee. In the co-main event Nieky Holzken and Regian Eersel battle it out for the inaugural ONE Lightweight kickboxing belt. Also on the card Sage Northcutt makes his promotional debut facing off Cosmo Alexandre. The full fight card can be found below.
ONE: Enter the Dragon fight card
Lightweight Shinya Aoki vs. Christian Lee (MMA)
Lightweight Nieky Holzken vs. Regian Eersel (Kickboxing)
Featherweight Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy vs. Giorgio Petrosyan (Kickboxing)
Featherweight Yodsanklai Fairtex vs. Samy Sana (Kickboxing)
Welterweight Sage Northcutt vs. Cosmo Alexandre (MMA)
Lightweight Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev vs. Amir Khan (MMA)
Flyweight Kim Kyu Sung vs. Geje Eustaquiao (MMA)
Strawweight Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke vs. Miao Li Tao (MMA)
Featherweight Jo Nattawut vs. Sasha Moisa (Kickboxing)
Strawweight Alex Silva vs. Yoshitaka Naito (MMA)
Featherweight Garry Tonon vs. Yoshiki Nakahara (MMA)
Featherweight Dzhabar Askerov vs. Enriko Kehl (Kickboxing)
Atomweight Mel Yamaguchi vs. Laura Balin (MMA)
Lightweight Shannon Wiratchai vs. Iurie Lapicus (MMA)
Featherweight Daniel Dawson vs. Brown Pinas (Kickboxing)
Lightweight Rahul Raju vs. Richard Corminal (MMA)