Full Card Revealed For ONE 162: Zhang Vs. Di Bella On October 21
ONE Championship has confirmed the full lineup for ONE 162: Zhang vs. Di Bella, which will be headlined by a fascinating Kickboxing World Title fight.
A host of the promotion’s most exciting stars will step into the Circle to complete the nine-bout card, which broadcasts live from the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Friday, October 21.
In the night’s top attraction, Chinese phenom Zhang Peimian takes on undefeated Canadian-Italian star Jonathan Di Bella for the ONE Strawweight Kickboxing World Title, which was recently vacated by the legendary Sam-A Gaiyanghadao.
“Fighting Rooster” has notched back-to-back wins over Aslanbek Zikreev and Josh Tonna, showcasing his skill and power with decision and knockout victories, respectively.
Zhang’s opponent may be making his debut on the global stage, but Di Bella brings a perfect 10-0 kickboxing slate with him into the encounter, as well as an unblemished 2-0 record in professional boxing.
The Chinese teenage sensation’s power and diverse arsenal will go up against the Canadian-Italian’s speed and slick counters, creating must-see action for fans of the striking arts.
In the co-main event, former ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Title challengers Nieky Holzken and Islam Murtazaev look to get back on the winning track in a clash of top contenders.
Holzken is one of the most decorated strikers of his era and wants to prove that he’s still among the division’s elite. Meanwhile, Murtazaev would earn his biggest scalp to date with a victory over the iconic Dutchman.
There are four more bouts with World Title connotations on the main card, including a flyweight MMA scrap between #5-ranked Reece McLaren and surging Brazilian Windson Ramos.
McLaren wants to build off his recent first-round victory over Xie Wei. And while Ramos may not boast the same experience as his rival, the Checkmat product finds himself on a five-bout winning streak and looks to extend that at the Aussie’s expense.
Elsewhere on the main card, #4-ranked featherweight kickboxing contender Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong has his eyes on a fourth battle with his compatriot and the division’s reigning king, Superbon Singha Mawynn.
However, the Thai legend first has to beat “Too Sharp” Mohammed Boutasaa, an undefeated 23-year-old prodigy who is looking to break into the upper echelon of the most stacked division in combat sports.
Also, #4-ranked MMA strawweight contender Gustavo Balart aims to continue his ascent up the ladder when he faces former ONE Strawweight World Champion Alex Silva, and former ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Title challenger Jimmy Vienot opens the main card against Niclas Larsen.
Getting the night started will be an action-packed lead card, which features Indonesian superstar Eko Roni Saputra, former ONE World Title challenger Leandro Issa, and more.
Main Card For ONE 162: Zhang Vs. Di Bella
- Zhang Peimian vs. Jonathan Di Bella (ONE Strawweight Kickboxing World Title)
- Nieky Holzken vs. Islam Murtazaev (kickboxing – lightweight)
- Reece McLaren vs. Windson Ramos (MMA – flyweight)
- Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong vs. Mohammed Boutasaa (kickboxing – featherweight)
- Alex Silva vs. Gustavo Balart (MMA – strawweight)
- Jimmy Vienot vs. Niclas Larsen (Muay Thai – featherweight)
Lead Card For ONE 162: Zhang Vs. Di Bella
- Leandro Issa vs. Artem Belakh (MMA – bantamweight)
- Eko Roni Saputra vs. Yodkaikaew Fairtex (MMA – flyweight)
- Chorfah Tor.Sangtiennoi vs. Denis Puric (Muay Thai – flyweight)