It’s officially event week, and the stars are flying into Singapore to compete at ONE 159: De Ridder vs. Bigdash on Friday, July 22.
While the spectacle’s main card remains intact, there have been some pivotal changes to the lead card.
Yusupov has been decisive in his brief ONE Championship run so far, knocking out Thai legend Yodsanklai Fairtex and ripping through former ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix finalist Samy Sana.
At the Singapore Indoor Stadium, he’ll look to extend his streak. But that will be immensely difficult against the powerful Nattawut, who has yet to lose a Muay Thai fight during his four-year tenure with the world’s largest martial arts organization.
Thai sensation Sinsamut Klinmee was originally scheduled to headline the lead card opposite former ONE World Title challenger Islam Murtazaev, but the Russian was forced to withdraw from the contest due to a family emergency.
Replacing him will be Liam Nolan, who is riding a four-bout winning streak. The British striker knocked out South Korea’s Kim Kyung Lock with a barrage of knees in just 62 seconds this past March, which earned him a US$50,000 performance bonus.
The lead card was also scheduled to feature a submission grappling match between promotional newcomers Jessa Khan and Amanda Alequin. Unfortunately, Alequin was forced to withdraw due to an undisclosed medical issue, so the bout has been removed.
Also, the heavyweight MMA showdown between Anderson “Braddock” Silva and Mikhail Jamal Abdul-Latif has been removed from the show. Abdul-Latif suffered an injury, which forced his withdrawal from the contest.
Take a look at the updated lineup for ONE 159 below.
Main Card for ONE 159: De Ridder Vs. Bigdash
- Reinier de Ridder vs. Vitaly Bigdash (ONE Middleweight World Title)
- Janet Todd vs. Lara Fernandez (ONE Interim Atomweight Muay Thai World Title)
- Bokang Masunyane vs. Hiroba Minowa (MMA – strawweight)
- Muangthai PK.Saenchai vs. Vladimir Kuzmin (Muay Thai – bantamweight)
- Zhang Peimian vs. Aslanbek Zikreev (kickboxing – strawweight)
- Zelang Zhaxi vs. Danial Williams (MMA – strawweight)
Lead Card for ONE 159: De Ridder Vs. Bigdash
- Jo Nattawut vs. Jamal Yusupov (Muay Thai – featherweight)
- Sinsamut Klinmee vs. Liam Nolan (Muay Thai – lightweight)
- Ariel Sexton vs. Marat Gafurov (MMA – lightweight)
- Jin Tae Ho vs. Valmir Da Silva (MMA – welterweight)
- Lea Bivins vs. Zeba Bano (MMA – atomweight)