Eddie Ng vs Arnaud Lepont Added to ONE FC 'Destiny of Warriors' In Kuala Lumpur


Another fight was today (May 8, 2012) added to the card for ONE Fighting Championship: 'Destiny of Warriors,' a lightweight clash between Hong Kong's Eddie Ng and French fighter Arnaud Lepont.

Lepont has been training and fighting in Asia for several years, moving from Vietnam to Thailand and he is now a member of the fight team at Muayfit in Kuala Lumpur. He was a welterweight champion of German promotion Gods of War and has an 8-1 record, none of his nine fights have been the distance.

Ng is one of the stars of ONE FC and has a huge fan following in Singapore. In his last fight he made short work of Lepont's Muayfit team mate Jian Kai Chee and he has a record of 5-1. Just like his opponent he has never been to a decision in his professional career.

The French fighter is one of the top fighters to emerge from Thai promotion DARE Championship and is currently in the semifinals of their welterweight tournament. He will presumably be moving down to 155 pounds to fight Ng who has won two fights out of two for ONE FC.

Lepont is the more experienced fighter and will represent a serious test of Ng's credentials, although it is often overlooked that the man from Hong Kong consistently faced strong fighters earlier in his career, beating an opponent with a win over Dan Hardy on his MMA debut and facing Joakim Engberg, best known for being Alistair Overeem's head coach, in only his third fight.

They actually have an opponent in common as Lepont beat Kai Chee in the quarter finals of the DARE tournament last June, before they became training partners at Muayfit. You can see that fight here and you can see Ng's more recent fight with the Malaysian Muay Thai specialist here.

Ng trains full time at Evolve MMA, the most successful martial arts academy in Asia, while Lepont is based at Muayfit which is the fastest growing facility in Malaysia. A lot of Ng's supporters are likely to make the short trip from Singapore while Lepont should have the home crowd behind him which could make for a good atmosphere in the 10,200 capacity Stadium Negara.

Lepont has a strong ground game and submitted highly rated Polish fighter Krzysztof Hajtalowicz (who incidentally holds a win over Ng from a BJJ competition last year) with a guillotine in his most recent outing. However his biggest weapon is his punching power and he has promised to go looking for the knockout right from the opening bell.

Although in possession of a blue belt Ng's No Gi grappling is probably at a black belt level and he reportedly has no problem rolling with the BJJ world champions at Evolve MMA. He also has heavy hands and has won his last two fights with ground and pound but the word coming out from his camp is that his Muay Thai is also at a very high level, he just hasn't had a chance to showcase it yet.

This is a fight which will definitely appeal to local fans and will also give the international audience an opportunity to see two of the top lightweights in the region go head to head.

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