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ONE: ‘Kingdom of Champions’ preview (Pt. 2)

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ONE: “Kingdom of Champions” is set for the Impact Arena in Bangkok this Friday night (May 27, 2016) and will be the first time that Asia’s biggest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion has held an event in Thailand.

The top half of the card is stacked with two title fights and a couple of bouts which look odds on to end in an early knockout. Local hero Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke is defending his belt against Yoshitaka Naito in the headliner while Marat Gafurov will be putting his featherweight strap on the line against Kazunori Yokota in the co-main event.

The catchweight contest between Rob Lisita and Timofey Nastyukhin has the potential to be a barnburner as does Leandro Ataides’ middleweight matchup with Marcin Prachnio. Between them these men have fought 11 times for ONE Championship and not one of those bouts has been the distance.

Here’s my preview of the second half of the card, weights listed are the fighter’s walking weights (for part one click here):

205 lbs.: Marcin Prachnio vs Leandro Ataides

Leandro Ataides (8-2) has been finished with strikes in his last two fights and punch resistance appears to be an issue for the Brazilian. He has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) but earned a shot at the ONE middleweight title by knocking out two opponents in the opening round.

Igor Svirid succeeded in stunning Ataides badly with a jab and Marcin Prachnio (10-2) will surely be looking to test his opponent’s chin. The Karate fighter has eight KO/TKO wins on his record and is coming off an impressive first-round finish against a Brazilian opponent.

Ataides still has a world class ground game but the raw aggression which saw him score first round stoppages at the start of his ONE Championship career might have deserted him after back-to-back ….View full article

Source:: mma mania