Preview: Warrior’s Way to thrill MMA fans

ONE FC: Warrior's Way takes place at the Mall of Asia Arena this evening and fans of Filipino fighters are in for a treat.

In a card stacked with talented fighters it's difficult to pick a favourite, which is why there are two main events on the card. Brandon Vera will take on Igor Subora in the heavyweight division; while the bantamweight title fight between challenger Dae Hwan Kim and tile holder Bibiano Fernandes is expected to be a thriller.

Fernandes comes into the fight with a 16-3-0 record and favourite status, but pundits feel his struggles with finishing and Hwan Kim's aggressive striking game might just end the fight early. Ahead of their bout Hwan Kim claimed to be confident.

Vera started well in UFC, but a loss in his last two fights and a release from his contract with the promotion means he will have something to prove against the Ukrainian. Subora comes into the fight on the back of four straight wins and he will be looking to take down fan favourite Vera in his promotional debut. Ahead of the fight he told media he hopes to knock Vera down.

The fight between James McSweeney and Roger Gracie also promises to be an interesting one, as the Englishman is the clear favourite; but the Brazilian has much to prove on his return to MMA. McSweeney was confident of his chances ahead of the fight, saying he plans to knock the BJJ superstar out.

Herbert Burns was the only fighter not to make weight on his weigh-in ahead of his fight with Honorio Banario, however, the two will still face off in the cage in a catchweight fight. Banario should have a slight advantage if he can keep the fight from going to the mat, where Burns' BJJ background will give him the edge.

The rematch between Sylvain Potard and Jake Butler also promises to be a spectacle for fans, as Butler aims to prove Potard's KO victory a year ago was a fluke. This time around pundits expect the American to take the fight to the mat where he should dominate thanks to his strong wrestling background.

Main card:

(Bantamweight) Bibiano Fernandes vs. Dae Hwan Kim
(Heavyweight) Brandon Vera vs. Igor Subora
(Lightweight) Eduard Folayangvs . Timofey Nastyukhin
(Bantamweight) Kevin Belingon vs. Koetsu Okazaki
(Light Heavyweight) Sylvain Potard vs. Jake Butler
(Women's Flyweight) Ana Julaton vs. Walaa Abbas
(Light Heavyweight) James McSweeney vs. Roger Gracie
(Featherweight) Honorio Banario vs. Herbert Burns
(Flyweight) Rene Catalan vs. Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke
(Women's Atomweight) Jujeath Nagaowa vs. Tharoth Sam

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