TEAM Lakay coach Mark Sangiao sees no problem when Geje Eustaquio and Anatprong Bunrad sees action for the second time.
Eustaquio and Bunrad are once again penciled in the undercard of One Championship’s Dynasty of Heroes on May 26 to settle the score following a controversial split decision in favor of the Thai fighter when they first met in 2015.
“Skills wise, I’ve seen an improved and better Geje, as compared to two years ago when the two fighters met. So this is going to be a good fight the fans would love to see,” said Sangiao.
Dynasty of Heroes will also feature Ben Askren defending his welterweight title against Agilan Thani in the co-main event while the main event will feature Angela Lee, defending her atomweight world title against Istela Nunez.
“We have an absolutely stacked card from top to bottom planned for Singapore, and it will be a night fans will not want to miss. Angela Lee, ever the true champion and warrior, just came off a thrilling performance a little over a month ago and she is already raring to get back inside the ONE Championship to perform for her hometown crowd. On the other side of the cage, Istela Nunes is ready to give Lee a stiff challenge as the division’s top contender. Also, welterweight superstar Ben Askren is back and he’s ready to welcome the young Agilan Thani to the upper echelon of the division,” added ONE CEO Victor Cui of the stacked Singapore fight card.
Lee of Singapore is one of the promotion’s most outstanding athletes and captured the inaugural women’s atomweight world championship with an awe-inspiring victory over Mei Yamaguchi in 2016, and has since then defended the title successfully.
The Singaporean top lady fighter’s beautiful combination of elite striking and grappling skills has proven to be a potent formula for success, as she has remained unbeaten inside the ONE Championship cage. In her last bout, Lee dominated top contender Jenny Huang with a masterful display of striking.
Unbeaten female atomweight Nunes of Brazil is a two-time Muay Thai world champion with an unblemished 6-0 professional mixed martial arts record. Her exciting style and knack for delivering powerful strikes makes for exciting fights and is one of the biggest components of her game.
In her last bout, Nunes took on top-rated female atomweight Mei Yamaguchi, winning a closely-contested split decision. At her best, Nunes is a well-rounded fighter with a solid striking and grappling skill set.
A former NCAA Division I All-American, Askren is a collegiate wrestling legend and one of the finest mixed martial artists in the world today. In just a few fights in ONE, Askren was able to seize the welterweight world championship with a resounding technical knockout victory over Nobutatsu Suzuki.
The highly-skilled Askren is widely considered to be the absolute best in his division and one of the best fighters in the world pound-for-pound. Next for Askren is a title defense against Malaysian welterweight Agilan Thani.
Undefeated Thani of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will be making his return to the ONE, following a spectacular submission victory over veteran welterweight Jeff Huang.
The 21-year old prospect is a perfect 7-0 as a professional, with five of his seven victories ending in the first round. All of Thani’s victories have come by exciting finish. (Roderick Osis)
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on May 06, 2017.
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