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One Championship Completes ‘Only the Brave’ Lineup on Jan. 28


A whopping 12 fights have been booked for the live Jan. 28 One Championship show.

The organization announced the headliner of its “Only the Brave” event on Jan. 28 on Monday, and the remainder of the fight card was filled out by One Championship on Friday. Officially capping off the event will be an interim heavyweight championship clash between Anatoliy Malykhin and Kirill Grishenko, as One is reportedly encountering contract issues with heavyweight king Arjan Singh Bhullar.

Eleven additional bouts have been booked for this Singapore-based card, including the semifinals of One’s 155-pound kickboxing grand prix. The fights will be split into two portions, with the main card featuring the title fight, two semifinals, two MMA matches and a kickboxing bout. The “Lead Card” preliminaries will include an alternate to the kickboxing tourney, four MMA tilts and a women’s muay Thai affair at a 128-pound catchweight.

The co-main attraction will see Jae Woong Kim (12-5) come to blows with Kai Tang (13-2) at One’s featherweight division (155 pounds). Both are ranked within the top five of One’s rankings, and they will be meeting on win streaks. Known as “The Fighting God,” Kim dispatched Tetsuya Yamada at the end of 2020 and Martin Nguyen in September coming into this pairing. China’s Tang has seen his last eight outings go his way, including six by knockout within two rounds.

With the quarterfinals of One’s featherweight kickboxing grand prix out of the way, the semifinals as well as an alternate will be placed on this showcase. Jo Nattawut and Dovydas Rimkus will square off on the prelims in hopes of serving as an alternate should something go awry in the tournament. The semifinals themselves consist of Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong vs. Davit Kiria, and Marat Grigorian vs. Chingiz Allazov.

One Championship “Only the Brave” Lineup:

Anatoliy Malykhin vs. Kirill Grishenko – heavyweight MMA interim title
Jae Woong Kim vs. Kai Tang – 155-pound MMA
Marat Grigorian vs. Chingiz Allazov – 155-pound kickboxing semifinal
Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong vs. Davit Kiria – 155-pound kickboxing semifinal
Ruslan Emilbek Uulu vs. Lipeng Zhang – 170-pound MMA
Rade Opacic vs. Francesko Xhaja – heavyweight kickboxing
Koha Minowa vs. Jarred Brooks – 125-pound MMA
Jo Nattawut vs. Dovydas Rimkus – 155-pound kickboxing alternate
Tatsumitsu Wada vs. Shuo Wang – 135-pound MMA
Hiroyuki Tetsuka vs. Zebaztian Kadestam – 185-pound MMA
Anderson Silva vs. Paul Elliott – heavyweight MMA
Diandra Martin vs. Smilla Sundell – 128-pound muay Thai
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