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ONE: 'Pride of Lions' preview (Pt. 1)

ONE: "Pride of Lions" is set for the Singapore Indoor Stadium this Friday night (Nov. 13, 2015) and will feature two title fights with welterweight champion Ben Askren rematching Luis Santos in the main event and Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke making the first defense of his 115-pound strap against Yago Bryan.

The nine fight card also features a rearranged featherweight bout between former ONE 155-pound champion Kotetsu Boku and up-and-coming contender Major Overall.

Here's my preview of the first five matchups:

145 lbs.: Nathan Ng vs. Li Kai Wen (available to view on facebook)

Li Kai Wen looked an exciting prospect when he beat two opponents in a single night to win ONE Championship's first tournament in China. He's only 21 and has a lot of potential to improve, but this fight is likely to be a lot harder than perhaps it looks on paper.

Nathan Ng (1-0) is a purple belt under Eddie Bravo and won his pro MMA debut courtesy of a north-south choke last year. He's of Hong Kong descent but based in San Fransisco and is likely to have a clear advantage on the ground. Wen (3-2) has outstanding Sanda which could make this a straightforward striker vs. grappler matchup.

145 lbs.: Yohan Mulia Legowo vs. Benedict Ang (available to view on facebook)

This is a surprisingly tough fight for Singapore's Benedict Ang (1-0) who only made his pro debut a few months ago and is just 19 years old. Yohan Mulia Legowo (7-3) is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) purple belt who's shared a cage with the likes of Nam Jin Jo, Ev Ting, and Fransino Tirta.

Legowo, however, hasn't won a mixed martial arts (MMA) fight since 2010 while Ang has won six as an amateur and one as a pro since his competitive career began in mid 2013. So the Singaporean has the momentum but the Indonesian has the experience -- as well as an impressive track record -- when it comes to stopping opponents. He's done it seven times and looks odds on to repeat the trick against Ang.

145 lbs.: Jimmy Yabo vs. Amir Khan (available to view on facebook)

Amir Khan (3-2) is coming off a disappointing split-decision defeat at the hands of Shannon Wiratchai which halted his momentum after three straight ONE wins. The Singaporean is a BJJ blue belt who has a background in Muay Thai and has fought in Thailand a handful of times.

Yabo (4-1-0-1) is a third degree Taekwondo black belt who was beaten by Edward Kelly last time out and will be looking to score a major upset.  Khan has looked good in all four of his ONE fights to date, although he was perhaps a little too patient last time out and will want to finish this fight in more decisive style.

145 lbs.: Edward Kelly vs. Martin Nguyen (available to view on facebook)

Martin Nguyen's reward for stepping up at short notice to take on Marat Gafurov is a quick turnaround. The Australian will have an opportunity to bounce back from the first loss of his career when he takes on Edward Kelly who is coming off his first ever ONE win.

Nguyen (4-1) is a Brace MMA 145-pound champion who also had a successful amateur career. He has good boxing and a solid ground game which he might try to utilize against Wushu fighter Edward Kelly (6-2) who is the younger brother of top 145-pound contender Eric Kelly.

265 lbs.: Igor Subora vs. Alain Ngalani (available to view on ppv)

Igor Subora (1-2-0-1) is a Cameroonian man mountain and probably the most intimidating looking fighter on the ONE roster. He's a former Muay Thai and kickboxing champion who also has experience in Judo and BJJ and is known for his spectacular kicks.

Subora (5-2) started out in Combat Sambo but having been based in the Philippines for the last six years, he has tended to focus more on his boxing. Ngalani has never made it beyond the first round in his MMA career and the Ukrainian will want to avoid turning this into a striking match and might feel he can wear his opponent down if the fight goes further than five minutes.

ONE: "Pride of Lions" will be broadcast live by FOX Sports Asia and its various other networks across the world. The entire card can be purchased for $9.99 right here.

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