Former ONE World Title challenger and fifth-ranked flyweight contender Fil-Aussie Reece “Lightning” McLaren appears in a co-main event featuring two of ONE’s best flyweight contenders rounds when ONE Championship action returns with another blockbuster in ONE: REIGN OF DYNASTIES, scheduled for Friday, October 9 in Singapore.
This was announced by the largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship.
Mclaren is set to sqaure off against three-time European Grappling Champion Aleksi “The Giant” Toivonen of Finland in the event where the world’s greatest martial artists will once again take the stage and showcase their incredible skills in the ONE Circle, the venue and location of which is yet to be confirmed and announced by ONE.
The main card card is headlined by a ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Title clash between reigning ONE Strawweight Muay Thai and Kickboxing World Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao of Thailand and top contender Josh “Timebomb” Tonna of Australia.
The event will also see the return of lightweight proponent Amir Khan, who is known for having the most knockout finishes in ONE Championship history, a record he shares with his Evolve teammate and reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian “The Warrior” Lee. He will take on rising Indian lightweight Rahul “The Kerala Krusher” Raju.
Another of Khan’s Evolve stablemates in multiple-time Indonesian Wrestling Champion Eko Roni Saputra looks to showcase his improved skill set and aims for his third victory in the Circle when he takes on promotional newcomer Murugan “Wolverine” Silvarajoo of Malaysia.
Multiple-time Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Champion and former inaugural ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke makes his highly-anticipated return to action and will face China Top Team’s “Wolf Of The Grasslands” Hexigetu in what should be another exciting matchup.
Lastly, Indian wrestling champion “The Indian Notorious” Roshan Mainam will look to build upon his recent success and add another victory to his record when he faces ONE Hefei Flyweight Tournament Champion Liu Peng Shuai in the opening bout of the night.
Full card for ONE: REIGN OF DYNASTIES is as follows:
Sam-A Gaiyanghadao vs. Josh Tonna (ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Title)
Aleksi Toivonen vs. Reece McLaren (mixed martial arts – flyweight)
Amir Khan vs. Rahul Raju (mixed martial arts – lightweight)
Eko Roni Saputra vs. Murugan Silvarajoo (mixed martial arts – catch weight of 63.5 kilograms)
Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke vs. Hexigetu (mixed martial arts – strawweight)
Roshan Mainam vs. Liu Peng Shuai (mixed martial arts – flyweight)
ONE: REIGN OF DYNASTIES will be the first international sports production pilot to take place in Singapore since the country’s implementation of Covid-19 related measures earlier this year and will feature six bouts involving local and international athletes. All bouts will take place audience-free and behind closed doors at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, with only athletes, officials, and crew onsite. All the action can be enjoyed on ONE Championship’s official ONE Super App, ONE’s social media channels, locally in Singapore on MediaCorp’s Channel 5 and meWATCH app, as well as globally across ONE Championship’s broadcast and digital media partner’s properties. For more information, go to https://www.onefc.com/news/how-to-watch-one-reign-of-dynasties/
In line with Singapore’s approach to resuming activities in a calibrated and safe manner, ONE: REIGN OF DYNASTIES will implement all necessary measures to ensure the safety of its athletes, officials, and crew.
Hua Fung Teh, Group President of ONE Championship, stated: “We are honored that ONE Championship has been entrusted by the Singapore Government to pilot the return of international sports events for broadcast from Singapore. We are thrilled to be able to bring our local and international heroes back to the Singapore Indoor Stadium to inspire martial arts fans in Singapore and around the world with their inspiring combination of heart, hard work, and talent.”
Ms. Ong Ling Lee, Director, Sports, Singapore Tourism Board, stated: “We are pleased to work with ONE Championship to bring ONE: REIGN OF DYNASTIES to Singapore. Together, we will test-bed appropriate safe management measures in this important production pilot that could pave the way for sports events to take place in the future.”
The main event will see reigning ONE Strawweight Muay Thai & Kickboxing World Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao of Thailand defending his Muay Thai World Title against Josh “Timebomb” Tonna of Australia.
Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Champion, stated: “I’ve been working hard over the last few months, honing my skills further as the competition intensifies. Everyone wants a piece of the champion, and there are many great challengers out there. This break has really allowed me to focus on myself and re-energize. I’m ready to get back into the Circle and defend my World Title. Josh Tonna is a hungry young warrior, and I know he will be in the best condition possible for this fight. I’m coming in with my best too. For my fans, the pride of Thailand, and my team at Evolve MMA, I will beat Tonna and remain champion.”
Josh Tonna, ONE World Title challenger, stated: “I would first like to thank ONE Championship for the opportunity to compete for the ONE World Title. It is an honor for me to face such a huge name in Muay Thai, the legendary Sam-A Gaiyanghadao. This is without a doubt the biggest fight of my career. I know I’m heading into this fight as the underdog, but I’ve been in this position before. Not many people are giving me a chance to win. But I perform the best when people doubt me. I will do everything in my power to walk out of the arena with the ONE World Title around my waist.”
By: Armando Bolislis