Heavyweights will be the focus on Friday, as the weight class will occupy the top two bouts on ONE Championship’s “Fists of Fury II” card. The six-fight card, which was taped last month at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore, will air for the first time on Friday. Here’s a quick preview of the event.
Main Card (7:30AM EST / 8:30PM SGT) (B/R Live / Youtube)
Bout 1: Mark Abelardo (19-8) vs. Emilio Urrutia (11-7) (145 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Mark Abelardo and Emilio Urrutia will look to snap their losing streaks in the opening bout of the card.
Abelardo lost both of his fights last year, dropping a decision to Troy Worthen and getting submitted by Fabricio de Andrade. He now has a ONE record of two wins and three losses.
Urrutia has lost his last three fights, meaning he has not won since early 2018. He will be making his return on this episode, as he last fought in early 2019, where he lost a match to Yoshiki Nakahara.
Bout 2: Han Zi Hao vs. Adam Noi (145 lbs) (Muay Thai Bout)
ONE Muay Thai fighters Han Zi Hao and Adam Noi will compete on Friday’s episode. The bout is the sole fight on the card that isn’t under the MMA rules.
Han will be returning after stopped Mohammed Mahmoud on a card in October.
Noi will be appearing on ONE programming for the first time in a year. He won a kickboxing bout in his last appearance, picking up a decision against Victor Pinto in 2020.
Bout 3: Yoshiki Nakahara (13-5) vs. Ruslan Emilbek Uulu (12-0) (155 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Undefeated talent Ruslam Emilbek Uulu will make his ONE debut on Friday, fighting Yoshiki Nakahara in an MMA fight. Uulu has been a pro since 2015, racking up 12 wins through his career. His last win was in 2019, where he defeated Lambert Akhiadov.
Nakahara will be returning after his win streak was stopped in 2019 by Garry Tonon. Prior to his loss, Nakahara had an eight-fight win streak that included numerous appearances in Pancrase and his ONE debut.
Bout 4: Ryogo Takahashi (14-4) vs. Tang Kai (11-2) (155 lbs) (MMA Bout)
Tang Kai’s undefeated ONE run will be put on the line when he fights Ryogo Takahashi. Tang has won all three of his ONE appearances so far, including a recent decision win against Keanu Subba.
Takahashi returned to the win column in his last fight, defeating Yoon Chang Min with punches in November.
Bout 5: Anatoly Malykhin (8-0) vs. Alexandre Machado (9-3) (Heavyweight)
In the first of two heavyweight fights on the card, Anatoly Malykhin will fight Alexandre Machado. Malykhin, an undefeated heavyweight, will be making his ONE debut. He has picked up eight wins as a pro so far, mostly competing in the regional scene of Russia. While there is little information about lots of his fights, he has a notable win in 2019 over RIZIN fighter Jake Heun.
Machado will be making his return to action on Friday. The Brazilian talent has competed four times in ONE, attaining two wins and two losses, although he has been inactive since 2018. That will change on Friday.
Bout 6: Amir Aliakbari (10-1) vs. Kang Ji Won (4-0) (Heavyweight)
Amir Aliakbari will get his first ONE appearance in the main event when he takes on undefeated South Korean Kang Ji Won.
Aliakbari enters ONE with 10 wins as a pro. This includes fights in a 2016 RIZIN grand prix and numerous first-round stoppage wins. Aliakbari’s sole loss as a pro comes against legendary fighter Mirko Cro Cop.
Aliakbar was scheduled to make his ONE debut in December, although plans changed after his opponent, Islam Abasov, was pulled from the card.
It’s worth noting that Aliakbari and co-main event fighter Malykhin are currently scheduled for a fight against one another at ONE’s April 21st card.
Kang will be competing in his second ONE appearance. Kang had an impressive win in his ONE debut earlier in the year, making a comeback to stop Mehdi Barghi within a round with strikes.