This Friday sees the return of Iranian MMA veteran Kamal Shalorus who steps inside the cage for the first time in two and a half years to face popular Malaysian fighter Ev Ting in the main event of ONE Championship: Throne of Tigers.
ONE Championship: Throne of Tigers takes place on Friday, February 10 at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia and the headliner between Shalorus and Ting is assumed to be a title eliminator to see who’s next to face ONE lightweight world champion Eduard Folayang.
Shalorus vs. Ting could prove to be title eliminator
39-year-old Shalorus took time away from the sport to pursue a new career in professional wrestling after a defeat to Shinya Aoki in August 2014 saw him narrowly miss out on winning ONE lightweight gold.
Having fought in both UFC and WEC, Shalorus holds a unanimous decision win over current champion Folayang and is the only fighter to defeat Ariel Sexton inside the ONE Championship cage. Ting, who is based in Auckland, New Zealand, has been tearing through the featherweight division since a loss to Marat Gafurov in May 2015 and now steps up to lightweight for the opportunity of earning the next shot at Folayang’s gold. Fighting in front of his home fans in Kuala
Fighting in front of his home fans in Kuala Lumpar, the 27-year-old fan favourite will look to build on his three-fight win streak against “The Prince of Persia” and earn the chance to face the Filipino champion on April’s Manilla card.
Hot prospect Thani faces Huang in co-main event
In the co-main event, undefeated welterweight Agilan Thani fights in front of his hometown fans as he faces dangerous finisher Jeff Huang.
Having won eleven fights in a row including his amateur bouts and at only 21-years-old, Thani has finished all five of his professional bouts and will look to live up to his name of “The Alligator” and finish Taiwan’s Huang early.
Also on the card, Russian Featherweight Movlid Khaibulaev makes his ONE Championship debut against fellow undefeated prospect Herbert Burns.
Burns, who is World No-Gi Champion and four-time Brazilian BJJ title holder, is the younger brother of UFC lightweight Gilbert Burns and although undefeated, he has not fought in MMA since 2015. He will have his work cut out for him against the 26-year-old “Killer” who’s been picking up wins in Fight Night Global and Pro FC in his native Russia.
Elsewhere on the card is 23-year-old featherweight Ahmed Mujtaba, who after eight successive victories, could be Pakistan’s first real breakthrough fighter.
First “The Wolverine” will have to defeat hometown fighter Keanu Subba, who despite holding a record of 4-2, is highly regarded among his countrymen.
ONE Championship: Throne of Tigers fight card
Lightweight Bout: Ev Ting vs. Kamal Shalorus
Welterweight Bout: Agilan Thani vs. Jeff Huang
Strawweight Bout: Ann Osman vs. Vy Srey Khouch
Featherweight Bout: Herbert Burns vs. Movlid Khaibulaev
Featherweight Bout: Keanu Subba vs. Ahmed Mujtaba
Strawweight Bout: Roy Doliguez vs. Alex Silva
Bantamweight Bout: Saiful Merican vs. Burn Soriano
Strawweight Bout: Tiffany Teo vs. Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol
Bantamweight Bout: Muhammad Aiman vs. Eduardo Novaes