Reece McLaren gets a late call for ONE’s flyweight Grand Prix


Reece McLaren has a second shot in the ONE Championship Flyweight Grand Prix.

After losing to Kairat Akhmetov in the tournament quarter finals, McLaren steps back in to face Danny Kingad on 2 August. Kingad was due to meet Akhmetov at the Mall of Asia Arena, but “The Kazakh” has withdraw from the tournament due to injury.

McLaren is a decorated martial artist who claimed the Eternal MMA and XFL bantamweight titles, before making his ONE debut.

In his first fight he scored a stunning upset by submitting Mark Striegl for a hugely impressive win. He continued that trend against Muin Gafurov to earn a shot at the bantamweight title against Bibiano Fernandes.

McLaren gave Fernandes an incredibly tough test, but missed out on gold via split decision. He now gets a shot at redemption against the Team Lakay standout.

Also added to the ONE: Dawn of Heroes event is former title challenger Mauro Cerilli, who squares off against newcomer Arjan Bhullar of India in a heavyweight contest.

Bhullar brings an impressive resume to ONE. In 2010 he won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, and went on to represent his country at the 2012 Olympics in London.

Former flyweight world champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio of the Philippines is set to go up against Japan’s Yuya Wakamatsu in a ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix alternate bout.

ONE: Dawn of Heroes will be headlined by a featherweight title fight as reigning champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen defends his belt against top contender Koyomi Matsushima.


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