Middleweight Title Fight Featuring Leandro Ataides-Igor Svirid Headlines One FC 23

By C.J. Tuttle Oct 16, 2014
Leandro Ataides is 7-0. | Photo: James Goyder/Sherdog.com

One Fighting Championship has announced its full card for One FC: “Battle of Lions” on Nov. 7 and at the top is Leandro Ataides against Igor Svirid in a fight for the promotion’s 185-pound belt.

The Victor Cui-led company confirmed the card on Thursday.

Ataides will look to remain undefeated when he returns to action. The 28-year-old Evolve MMA standout has fought twice for One FC previously, defeating Bryan Rafiq and Tatsuya Mizuno via knockout. It’s worth noting that Ataides is also an accomplished Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner who grabbed gold in the medium heavyweight division at the 2005 Copa de Mundo in Rio de Janeiro.

Svirid will likely come into the bout as the underdog, but aside from a defeat in his first professional fight, holds an equally impressive career mark. “Lionheart” has nine victories since losing in 2011, achieving six wins via finish. The main event bout will serve as his One FC promotional debut.

Also in action will be a lightweight tilt featuring Koji Ando versus Zorobabel Moreira, a welterweight fight -- pitting the man defeated by Ben Askren -- Bakhtiyar Abbasov against Luis Santos.

For a complete listing of the nine bouts announced, visit the event’s “Fight Finder” page here.


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