One Championship’s first card of 2018 has a title fight and an eliminator, as well.
Monday, the Singapore-based MMA outfit announced that its forthcoming “Kings of Courage” card will see the inaugural One 125-pound women’s champion crowned when undefeated Tiffany Teo meets Chinese striker Jingnan Xiong. In the co-headliner, 135-pounders Muhammad Imran and Stefer Rahardian square off, with the winner promised a shot at One’s “flyweight” champion Adriano Moraes.
One Championship “Kings of Courage” is scheduled for Jan. 20 at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia and airs live via online pay-per-view.
Singapore’s Teo has put together an impressive unbeaten record in her 22-month pro MMA career. On Nov. 24, the 28-year-old “No Chill” armbarred India’s Puja Tomar in the first round, moving to 7-0 as a professional and 4-0 in the One cage.
Xiong, 29, has recently started training at Phuket Top Team in Thailand. Prior to her Dec. 9 One Championship debut, a first-round punishing of April Osenio, “The Panda” had spent her entire fighting career under the Kunlun Fight banner.
Pakistan's Imran hasn't fought for 12 months, when he lost a decision to Jeremy Miado. Rahardian debuted for One by winning a one-night, four-man tournament in August 2016 and since, the undefeated Indonesian has upped his pro mark to 6-0. On Sept. 16, he choked out Sim Bunsrun in 67 seconds at One's “Total Victory.”