ONE Championship’s first visit to Manila, Philippines in 2019 has been bolstered with two more fantastic martial arts bouts on the main card.
ONE: HERO’S ASCENT will now feature a flyweight ONE Super Series kickboxing bout between Josh “Timebomb” Tonna and Hiroki Akimoto, as well as a middleweight mixed martial arts match-up featuring Reinier De Ridder and Fan “King Kong Warrior” Rong.
The event will take place at the Mall Of Asia Arena on 25 January.
Akimoto arrives in The Home Of Martial Arts as one of the hottest properties from Japan.
The 26-year-old is a WFKO Karate World Champion known for his crisp technique and knockout power, which he has used to surge to a perfect 19-0 professional kickboxing record.
Now a representative of Evolve in Singapore, he will make his debut on the global stage for martial arts.
Tonna competes out of the Stockade Training Centre in Canberra, Australia and should be well-known to ONE fans after two exhilarating contests in the cage.
The 30-year-old began his run against Petchdam Petchyindee Academy, before he won an action-packed contest against Joseph “The Hurricane” Lasiri at ONE: PURSUIT OF GREATNESS.
The WMC Intercontinental Muay Thai Champion’s record stands at 32-16.
A battle between De Ridder and Fan will match two of the most talented young middleweight athletes on their debut in the world’s largest martial arts organization.
Haerban, China’s Fan is on a tear. After losing his first professional contest, he not tasted defeat – building an incredible 11-1 record featuring 10 stoppage wins.
The 25-year-old is a WMMAA Champion whose strongest attribute is his powerful wrestling, which he has used to control his matches on his way to eight victories by submission.
His opponent in Manila is a two-time European Mixed Martial Arts Champion who arrives in ONE with an undefeated slate.
De Ridder has won every one of his nine contests by stoppage with seven submissions and two knockouts.
Training out of Combat Brothers in Breda, Netherlands, the 28-year-old has developed a reputation as a slick grappler with a striking game that is always improving.
ONE: HERO’S ASCENT will feature the ONE Flyweight World Title rubber match between Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio and Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes in the main event, as well as the first match of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix.