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ONE: ‘Ascent to Power’ preview (Pt. 1)

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ONE: “Ascent to Power” is set for the Singapore Indoor Stadium this Friday night (May 6, 2016) and it looks likely to be one of the promotion’s biggest and best attended fight cards of the year with local favorite Angela Lee set to challenge for the inaugural women’s atomweight title in the main event.

There is also the intrigue of seeing a Gracie challenge for a major mixed martial arts (MMA) title for the first time in decades as Roger takes on undefeated Polish fighter Michael Pasternak for the organization’s inaugural light heavyweight belt. Meanwhile, former champions Kotetsu Boku and Narantungalag Jadambaa will be going head-to-head in arguably the fight of the night.

As always with ONE Championship, weights listed are the fighter’s walking weights. Here’s my preview of the first five fights on the card.

194lbs.: Brad Robinson vs Agilan Thani

This fight was put together at relatively short notice but is a big one in terms of the South East Asian scene. Brad Robinson (3-1) is a local celebrity in Singapore who co-presents a TV show but trains very seriously and is good on the ground.

Agilan Thani (4-0) came up through the burgeoning amateur scene in Malaysia and none of the nine opponents he’s faced to date have been able to cope with his grappling skills. Robinson is 16 years the senior so this is a matchup which pits youth against experience and might well go the distance.

170lbs.: Ma Jia Wen vs Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev

Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev (2-0) hails from Dagestan but is based in Turkey and earned a ONE Championship contract after flying out to Singapore to participate in a tryout. He has a background in Combat Sambo and displayed a devastatingly effective brand of aggression on his promotional debut.

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