ONE FC (in association with Universal Reality Combat Championship) is set to return this May with two titles on the line in Manila, Philippines. ONE FC 9 will take place May 31 at the 20,000-seat SM Mall of Asia Arena. ONE FC officials announced the card via press release.
The card will be headlined by a pair of title fights as hometown hero ONE FC featherweight world champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario takes on Japanese submission specialist Koji Oishi in the main bout. In the second title fight, Bibiano Fernandes returns to the ONE FC cage against Japanese MMA sensation Koetsu Okazaki for the ONE FC bantamweight interim title.
ONE FC president Victor Chui was elated to talk about the card, saying:
“ONE FC will be back in the fight capital of Asia on 31 May with a stacked fight card that is sure to get the adrenaline pumping for the passionate Filipino fight fans. This event could possibly be the largest in ONE FC’s history and features the top names in MMA, headlined by ONE FC Featherweight World Champion Honorio Banario. Of course, having one of the greatest fighters on earth fighting on this card in Manila is sure to be a special night for MMA. Bibiano Fernandes always brings his best when he steps into the cage. Close to 20,000 fans will pack out the SM Mall of Asia Arena to witness the greatest sporting spectacle in the world.”
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