The stacked card airs on Saturday, 15 May, and fans are rightly excited to witness the World Title main event, striking phenoms, and submission specialists who will light up the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
With some incredible storylines set to unfold, here are the five biggest reasons to catch the all-star bill this coming weekend.
#1 A Colossal World Title Fight
Any World Championship contest on the global stage is worth tuning in for, but a special type of excitement is reserved for the heavyweights.
Both men are more motivated than ever to hold the belt. Vera has found a new love for the game at Sanford MMA, while Bhullar wants to become India’s first Mixed Martial Arts World Champion.
It’s clear that will is not an issue, so this will come down to skill — something the reigning king and his challenger have in spades.
The Filipino-American has knocked out every heavyweight who’s stood across from him in The Home Of Martial Arts, but “Singh” is his toughest test yet.
Bhullar, a former Olympic wrestler, has the grappling knowledge to cause big problems for anyone, but he also brings a refined boxing game that will give “The Truth” plenty to think about.
This matchup is truly colossal. It’s the unstoppable force versus the immovable object, with the biggest prize in mixed martial arts at stake. Do not miss it.
#2 India Takeover
At ONE: DANGAL, India’s finest mixed martial artists will be out to prove that they’re a force to be reckoned with in ONE Championship.
Though it’s the second-most populous country in the world, the Asian superpower has only recently started to show its true strength in this sport with a new generation of talented athletes.
Bhullar will aim for history in the main event, while unbeaten wrestling crossover Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat, Gurdarshan “Saint Lion” Mangat, and Roshan Mainam will all continue their quests for gold.
Phogat is scheduled to face Vietnamese-American veteran Bi “Killer Bee” Nguyen, while Mangat and Mainam will square off in a pivotal catchweight clash that will propel the victor toward bigger opportunities.
All of these athletes are expected to achieve massive success, and this mammoth night for Indian mixed martial arts will be their biggest platform to date.
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#3 Debut Of A Muay Thai Star
The 21-year-old Thai brings a stunning 124-30-2 record to the Circle, as well as a massive list of accolades that include the prestigious 2018 Sports Authority of Thailand Fighter of the Year award.
Along the way, Tawanchai has scored wins over the likes of “Left Meteorite” Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai and “The Million Dollar Baby” Sangmanee Klong SuanPluResort, and he has his eyes on the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title.
However, battle-hardened Clancy will not be a pushover for the Pattaya native, as he showed during an incredible battle against Tawanchai’s teammate Pongsiri PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym in his promotional debut at ONE: A NEW BREED II.
Expect fierce striking action from the first bell to the last when these two throw down on 15 May.
#4 The ‘Zombie’ Returns
Fourth-ranked women’s strawweight contender Ayaka “Zombie” Miura will begin her road back to World Title contention against Rayane Bastos after suffering her first loss in ONE Championship to Tiffany “No Chill” Teo last year.
The Japanese submission hunter is an intriguing case of specialism that is rare in modern mixed martial arts. To date, all three of her wins in ONE — and 50 percent of her victories overall — have come via scarf-hold Americana.
After picking up that trademark maneuver in judo, Miura has also used it to perfection in mixed martial arts. Now, she is hoping some adjustments will allow her to climb higher in the strawweight division.
On the other side, Brazil’s Bastos has the ground savvy to cause her foe some problems, and she is keen to continue building on her own debut success.
#5 Phogat Aims To Stay Unbeaten Before Grand Prix
Phogat has been one of the biggest breakout sensations in The Home Of Martial Arts as of late, and given that she comes from a famous fighting family in India, all eyes will be on her at ONE: DANGAL.
The unbeaten wrestler has been invincible during her mixed martial arts run, and she will be looking to build more momentum before competing in the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix quarterfinals at ONE: EMPOWER on 28 May.
But Nguyen has consistently proven to be one of the most durable competitors in her division, and she has no intention of being anybody’s stepping stone. Expect a spirited performance from “Killer Bee” when she clashes with Phogat.