Three Pinoys slated for ONE FC’s November card in Singapore

Nissi Icasiano
Three Pinoys slated for ONE FC’s November card in Singapore
Three MMA Filipino athletes will compete at ONE Championship's "Pride of Lions" event

MANILA, Philippine – Three Filipino mixed martial arts (MMA) competitors will compete on the undercard of ONE Championship’s “Pride of Lions” event at the 12,000-capacity Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore on November 13.

Edward Kelly squares off with Australia’s Martin Nguyen in a three-round featherweight bout, while Cebu’s Jimmy Yabo faces Singaporean featherweight Amir Khan.

Kelly (6-2) is coming off a first-round submission victory over compatriot Yabo this past April after suffering two-straight excruciating defeats at the hands of Herbert Burns and Ev Ting.

Meanwhile, Nguyen (4-1) is fresh from his 41-second submission loss to Marat Gafurov for the interim ONE featherweight title last September.

Fighting a Filipino fighter is not new to Nguyen as he foiled former boxer Rocky Batolbatol with a second-round rear-naked choke in November 2014.

In the other match-up, a tough test awaits Yabo as he locks horns with Khan, who is looking to redeem himself following a split decision setback to Shannon Wiratchai in May.

Prior to the disappointing loss to Wiratchai, Khan (3-2) had scored 3 consecutive knockouts, including two first-round finishes.

Before being signed by Asia’s largest MMA organization, Yabo (4-1, 1 NC) was a proud product of Universal Reality Combat Championship’s Cebu chapter, winning 4 of his 5 outings in the promotion by knockout.

Also being featured at ONE: Pride of Lions is Filipino-Australian Natalie Gonzales Hills (2-2), who takes on highly-touted prospect Angela Lee (2-0).

ONE: Pride of Lions is headlined by two championship clashes as welterweight titleholder Ben Askren meets Luis Santos in a rematch, while Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke defends his strawweight strap for the first time against Yago Bryan Farias de Morais. –

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