Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series will return with its first live event of 2019 and a stacked lineup of mixed martial arts bouts.
ONE Warrior Series February is set to feature some of the top up-and-coming mixed martial arts talent from across Asia on 28 February, including some familiar faces from the ONE Championship Vice President’s reality show.
The bout card will also include some of the standout competitors from last year’s three OWS events, who will all travel to Singapore to try and earn a coveted contract to join the main roster of The Home Of Martial Arts.
One of the athletes who should be on everyone’s watch list is Team Lakay’s Lito Adiwang.
The Filipino exploded onto OWS with a highlight-reel knockout of Manuel Huerta last year, and he will aim to make it two in a row against Brazil’s Alberto Correia.
Japan’s Kimihiro Eto is also set for a return to action after a breakout year in 2018.
The Wajutsu Keishukai HEARTS representative is a teammate of strawweight champion Yosuke Saruta and he showed the depth of talent in his gym with two wins, including a TKO of JD Fairtex Hardwick in October.
He will go in search of his third win in ONE’s developmental league against the Philippines’ Trestle Tan.
One match that promises a spectacular finish is Emmanuel “The Biafran Warrior” Onyedikachi’s encounter with Devon “Bam Bam” Morris.
Competing out of Cambodia via Nigeria, Onyedikachi began his mixed martial arts career with a perfect 3-0 run as a welterweight in OWS, which included some exciting displays.
Phuket Top Team’s Morris scored a first-round knockout at ONE Warrior Series 3, which marked him as a welterweight to watch.
Another top performer from last year’s OWS shows who is set to make her return is Nyrene “Neutron Bomb” Crowley.
The strawweight from New Zealand is 2-0 in the organisation so far, and will look to make it a hat trick against the toughest opponent of her career – South Korea’s “Honey Bee” Ji Yeon Seo.
ONE Warrior Series card includes
Emmanuel Onyedikachi vs. Devon Morris (welterweight)
Kimihiro Eto vs. Trestle Tan (lightweight)
Anita Karim vs. Gita Suharsono (women’s atomweight)
Detchadin Sorsirisuphathin VS Mohd Fouzein (flyweight)
Ali Motamed vs. Shinechagtga Zoltsetseg (bantamweight)
Edilah Johany vs. Tan Shiyin (women’s atomweight)
Asuka Tsubaki vs. Luo Zhuojiangcuo
Zechariah Lange vs. Michael Walker (bantamweight)
Rungrot Posi vs. Adib Suleiman (bantamweight)
Nyrene Crowley vs. Jiyeon Seo (women’s strawweight)
Jong Heon Kim vs. Tran Quang Loc (featherweight)
Lito Adiwang vs. Alberto Correia (strawweight)
Yuko Suzuki vs. So Yul Kim (women’s atomweight)
Saharat Kongsawat vs. Faizan Khan (flyweight)