With ONE Championship’s next event ONE: FULL CIRCLE right around the corner, fans have much to look forward to.
At the top of the show, three thrilling World Title fights spanning MMA, Muay Thai, and kickboxing will unfold. However, the rest of the card is still guaranteed to deliver just as much excitement as the main and co-main events.
That said, here are three bouts that could steal the show when the action goes down at the Singapore Indoor Stadium this Friday, 25 February.
#1 Aung La N Sang Vs. Vitaly Bigdash
“The Burmese Python” first crossed paths with the Russian in January 2017, where then-ONE Middleweight World Champion Bigdash scooped up the unanimous decision win and retained the gold. Five months later, however, Aung La N Sang avenged his loss and became Myanmar’s first-ever World Champion in any sport.
Since that time, Aung La N Sang added the ONE Light Heavyweight World Title to his trophy case and became a two-division king. However, he recently lost both belts to Reinier de Ridder.
Conversely, Bigdash went on to have mixed success inside the Circle. Though he dropped another bout, he won his next two fights with devastating submission finishes.
Both men now have their eyes set not only on regaining their top position, but also settling an old score that dates back five years. For these two reasons, this trilogy bout between the two hungry middleweight beasts is sure to steal the show at ONE: FULL CIRCLE.
#2 Enriko Khel Vs. Tayfun Ozcan
Enriko Kehl and #5-ranked featherweight kickboxing contender Tayfun Ozcan are both looking to return to former glory, so expect the duo to come out swinging hard and fast when they step into the Circle for their ONE Super Series encounter on Friday.
Kehl’s last appearance was in the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix quarterfinals against Davit Kiria last October. The Georgian wound up scoring a first-round TKO, eliminating “The Hurricane” from the Grand Prix and handing him his first loss in over two years.
Ozcan was also eliminated from the quarterfinals of the prestigious tournament on the same night by #3-ranked Sitthichai “Killer Kid” Sitsongpeenong. He fared a little better than Kehl, though, as his clash with the Thai star ended in a split decision.
Both men know they need a win to prove they’re still in the top tier of the ultra stacked featherweight kickboxing division, and because of that, these two strikers are guaranteed to put the pace on each other for as long as this fight lasts.
#3 Fabricio Andrade Vs. Jeremy Pacatiw
Andrade – the #4-ranked bantamweight MMA contender – is 3-0 inside the Circle. Most recently, he scored a dominant first-round TKO of Li Kai Wen in December 2021.
That victory has given the Brazilian even more momentum as he continues to climb the rankings and find a way toward compatriot and ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes.
But Pacatiw isn’t a man to take lightly.
In his promotional debut, the Filipino went the distance with fan favorite Chen Rui and walked away with the unanimous decision. Now, he’ll try to use Andrade to spring himself into the bantamweight top-five rankings and make his own run toward the top.
With Andrade’s Muay Thai skill set and Pacatiw’s wushu striking pedigree, this one may not go the distance, and it’s for that reason fans can expect these two men to steal the show on Friday.