ONE FC will visit the Middle East for the first time on August 29th with a blockbuster event at the Dubai World Trade Centre, which will feature an unprecedented four title bouts with Shinya Aoki, Nobutatsu Suzuki and Koji Oishi all set to defend their belts.
Aoki (35-6) will take on seasoned Iranian wrestler Kamal Shlaorus (9-3-2), Suzuki (11-1-2) will go up against former Bellator 170-pound champion Ben Askren (13-0), and Oishi (25-9-10) is likely to face the winner of next week's fight between Eric Kelly and Rob Lisita.
The fourth title fight will be for the middleweight belt and is likely to see Leandro Ataides (7-0) put his perfect professional record on the line against a new signing whose identity has yet to be disclosed. This will be the first time in ONE FC history that this many belts have been up for grabs on a single card.
ONE FC has expanded rapidly in the second half of 2014, signing a deal to put on 10 events a year in mainland China and moving into Taiwan and Cambodia, but this will be the first time that Asia's biggest MMA promotion has ventured into the Middle East.
The World Trade Centre has a 12,000 capacity indoor arena which is likely to play host to the August 29th card which looks set to be the strongest ONE FC matchmaker Matt Hume has ever put together. In a quote from the press release put out today Victor Cui stated:
"After wowing sold out audiences across Asia, Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization will enter the Middle East for the first time on 29 August. Dubai will be treated to a night of adrenaline-pumping mixed martial arts action from world-class mixed martial artists. Nobutatsu Suzuki, Koji Oishi and Shinya Aoki are three of the greatest mixed martial artists in the world today and they will put their ONE FC World Championship titles on the line! Ben Askren is the greatest wrestler to compete in mixed martial arts and his clash with Suzuki is one of the most anticipated bouts in the history of the welterweight division. This is going to be the biggest night in the history of combat sports and you do not want to miss it."
Fans in Asia can catch all the action live on STAR Sports. Check your local listings. Also, fans from around the world can witness the action online via live streaming at www.onefc.livesport.tv. The event will be available for purchase at just US $9.99.