ONE: Throne of Tigers is set for Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 10. It will be headlined by a lightweight bout between Ev Ting and Kamal Shalorus. The Malaysian could be on the cusp of a title shot after three straight wins.
Ting (12-3) has won six fights out of seven since signing for ONE Championship. Formerly a top contender in the featherweight division, he has now moved up and a win over the UFC veteran would put him in line for a shot at recently crowned lightweight champion Eduard Folayang.
Shalorus (9-4-2) has not fought since being submitted by Shinya Aoki in a lightweight title fight in 2014. He was slated to face Eddie Ng last year but pulled out of that bout with an injury, although the 39-year-old holds a decision win over Folayang.
Ting is based in New Zealand, but was born in Malaysia, and has emerged as a fan favorite there. Victor Cui, CEO of ONE Championship, thinks seeing a local hero go up against a UFC and WEC veteran will be a thrill for the Kuala Lumpur fans.
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“It’s always an amazing time when the team is in Kuala Lumpur, because Malaysian fans are so intensely passionate about MMA that the atmosphere in the stadium just hits a fever pitch,” said Cui. “We can’t wait to be back in February. Ev Ting is the biggest Malaysian MMA star right now, and he is poised for another thrilling performance.”
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