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ONE: ‘Clash of Heroes’ preview (part two)

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ONE Championship is putting on two mixed martial arts (MMA) cards in the space of seven days at the start of 2016. The second of them is set for Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur this Friday night (Jan. 29, 2016) and will be headlined by a featherweight clash between Ev Ting and Eric Kelly.

ONE: “Clash of Heroes” will be the organization’s eighth event in Malaysia and features a number of local fighters as well as the return of Filipinos Eduard Folayang and Geje Eustaquio. As is now standard, all the mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters will be competing at their normal, walk-around weight.

Here is my preview of the last five fights on the card (preview the first five fights here):

155 lbs.: Sami Amin vs Samir Mrabet

Samir Mrabet (3-0) is a high-level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) purple belt who owns the Monarchy chain of gyms in Malaysia. He’s an out-and-out grappler with limited striking skills but if he gets the fight to the ground it probably won’t take him too long to submit the Egyptian.

Amin (5-2-1) should have an advantage in terms of striking and is capable of finishing the fight with a head kick if the opportunity arises. He will need to catch Mrabet with something solid in the early exchanges, because the longer the fight goes on the more likely it is he will be taken down.

145 lbs.: Saiful Merican vs Geje Eustaquio

Geje Eustaquio (6-4) was desperately unlucky to drop a split decision to Anatpong Bunrad in his most recent fight. The Filipino has a Wushu style of striking which is very effective but has a tendency to take his foot off the gas when he should be punishing opponents.

Saiful Merican (4-2) comes from a Muay Thai background but has adapted to MMA very quickly. His time management ….View full article

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