After yesterday announcing a partnership with GLORY which will allow Shinya Aoki and Bibiano Fernandes to appear at DREAM 18 on New Year's Eve, ONE FC today (Nov. 29, 2012) revealed the date and location of its next live show.
ONE FC: 'Return of Warriors' is taking place on Feb. 2, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur. This will be the second time that Asia's biggest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion has put on an event in Malaysia but whereas last March the venue was the 10,000 capacity Stadium Negara this time ONE FC has booked the 16,000 capacity Stadium Putra.
There is no word yet on the fight card but top Malaysian fighters Adam Kayoom and Peter Davis, who both registered big wins at ONE FC: 'Destiny of Warriors' in March, are certain to feature and will be joined by 6-1 featherweight Melvin Yeoh who signed for the promotion earlier this week and is set to make his debut at Stadium Putra.
The news will come as a disappointment to Filipino fans who had hoped that ONE FC would be returning to Manila in February. Instead the first show of 2013 will be in Malaysia where ONE FC CEO / Victor Cui says he has just signed a new sponsorship deal which he describes as a 'game changer.'
Both Arnaud Lepont and Eric Kelly are based at Muayfit in Kuala Lumpur and stand a good chance of being on the card while Malaysian Gianni Subba, who had a memorable ONE FC debut when he knocked out Bruce Loh in Singapore last month, is also likely to feature.
ONE FC: "Return of Warriors' will be the first of 12 events booked by the Singapore based promotion in 2013 according to Cui. Previous destinations include Singapore, Jakarta, Manila and Kuala Lumpur and ONE FC is reportedly looking to expand into some new territories next year with Hong Kong, Macau and Tokyo likely to be high on the list.