Two Team Lakay flyweights have been given tough assignments at ONE FC: "Rise to Power," which is set for May 31 in Manila. Rey Docyogen will be taking on Yasuhiro Urushitani while Geje Eustaquio locks horns with Andrew Leone.
Urushitani was recently released by UFC, but the former Shooto Champion is still universally ranked as being a top 10 flyweight and this is a real opportunity for Docyogen to establish his title credentials. He is the URCC Pinweight Champion but showed he could hold his own at 125 pounds when he got the better of Shinichi Kojima for the best part of two rounds at ONE FC: "Return of Warriors" in Kuala Lumpur earlier this year.
Ultimately, Docyogen came up short on that occasion when an error of judgement allowed the Japanese veteran to submit him with a guillotine choke, but it was his first time fighting in a cage and his first time competing outside of the Philippines, so he will have benefited from the experience and be desperate to register his first ever ONE FC win at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on May 31, 2013.
His Team Lakay teammate Eustaquio had no such issues in his ONE FC debut when he outpointed Brazilian Alex Silva in Jakarta last year. He is going up against a decorated high school wrestler and very successful jiu-jitsu player in the shape of Andrew Leone, who holds wins over ONE FC champion Soo Chul Kim and Road FC champion Kyung Ho Kang.
Kojima is already guaranteed a shot at the ONE FC World Flyweight Title but the identity of his opponent is very much in the air. Docyogen (10-1) could make a strong case for an immediate rematch with a dominant win in Manila but if Urushitani (19-6-6) wins, he will be a strong contender to fight for the belt.
Out of the four flyweights in action at ONE FC: "Rise to Kings" Eustaquio (4-1) probably has the strongest case for a title shot at present because he is the only one with a ONE FC win to his name, but he has been given a very tough assignment in the shape of Leone (5-2), who could also come into contention with a win in his 125-pound debut.
ONE FC matchmaker Matt Hume might already have a more specific idea of who he wants to fight Kojima for the belt but these four flyweights will all have a fantastic opportunity to make a statement about their championship credentials by registering convincing wins in front of 20,000 fans in the Philippines.