ONE: "Throne of Tigers" is set for Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur this Friday night (Feb. 10, 2017) local time and sees the promotion's main Malaysian star Ev Ting headline in his homeland with a potential title eliminator against Kamal Shalorus.
The card also features the return of top featherweight contender Herbert Burns who will be going up against undefeated newcomer Movlid Khaibulaev. There will also be another outing for up and coming Malaysian welterweight Agilan Thani who will be looking for a seventh straight win against Jeff Huang.
Here's my preview of the second half of the card (click here for part one). As always with ONE Championship weights listed are walking weights.
155 lbs.: Herbert Burns vs Movlid Khaibulaev
Movlid Khaibulaev (10-0) has never fought for ONE Championship before but brings a very impressive record and has beaten some high level opponents in Russia. His striking is fast and accurate and although he seldom throws more than one shot at a time his timing is very good.
Herbert Burns (6-0) comes from a strong Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) background and typically utilizes takedowns and grappling to win fights. He's been away from the cage for over a year but has been training regularly and will be at an advantage if he can get this fight to the ground, Khaibulaev clearly has the edge in striking terms.
125 lbs.: Vy Srey Khouch vs Ann Osman
This will be a seventh ONE Championship fight for Ann Osman (4-3) and the popular Malaysian is clearly most comfortable on the ground. She likes to take opponents down and then attack with submissions and ground and pound and that will almost certainly be the game plan here.
Vy Srey Khouch (2-0) comes from a Kun Khmer background but has never been in with an opponent of Osman's calibre during her MMA career. She might have a slight advantage in striking terms but if the Cambodian ends up on her back she will be in big trouble.
185 lbs.: Agilan Thani vs Jeff Huang
Agilan Thani (6-0) faces the toughest test of his career to date against Jeff Huang (6-2). The Taiwanese welterweight has traveled all over the world to train, been competing professionally since 2012 and is 18 years older than the young Malaysian prospect.
Huang hasn't faced any of the top fighters in the welterweight division yet but will have a 10 cm height advantage here. Thani's a grappler and was also a champion in amateur MMA but if he can't get the fight to the ground his opponent's superior reach could cause him some problems.
170 lbs.: Ev Ting vs Kamal Shalorus
Kamal Shalorus (9-4-0-2) was last seen getting submitted by Shinya Aoki in 2014. Since then he's pulled out of at least one fight with injury and it will be interesting to see how the UFC and WEC veteran performs after a layoff of over two years.
Ev Ting (12-3) has proven himself to be a very well rounded fighter who is particularly dangerous with head kicks and guillotine chokes. Shalorus is a wrestler with a big right hand, but it's worth noting that fighters with this particular skillset have traditionally fared extremely well in MMA.
Shalorus has two ways of winning, he can either hurt Ting with an overhand right or dominate him with wrestling. The Malaysian's more versatile and is good enough to win by knockout or submission although whether or not he will be able to stuff Shalorus' takedowns remains to be seen.
If Ting can dictate where the fight takes place then he is capable of outclassing Shalorus. But if the Iranian can use his wrestling to control the fight he has a good chance of scoring a decision win or even catching the hometown here with a big right hand while he's worrying about the takedown.
ONE: "Throne of Tigers" is set for Friday night (local time) at Stadium Negara and can be purchased for $9.99 from here.