ONE FC’s bantamweight champion, Bibiano Fernandes, is scheduled for his first title defense against Japanese veteran Masakatsu Ueda at the promotion’s 15th event. The card, titled ONE FC: “Rise of Heroes,” is scheduled to take place May 2, in the Philippines.

This will mark Ferndandes’ first title defense since unifying the 135-pound championship in October of last year. Fernandes, who was interim champion, defeated Soo Chul Kim by unanimous decision. The former DREAM bantamweight and featherweight champion is riding a seven-fight winning streak coming into this bout with Ueda.

Ueda, meanwhile, has not competed since May of last year. The 18-2-2 fighter’s last win was against Kevin Belingon to win the ONE FC Bantamweight Grand Prix. Ueda also holds notable wins over Eduardo Dantas, Royler Gracie and Jens Pulver.

“The ten bouts that are planned for the night will feature the biggest stars from the Philippines and around the world,” said ONE FC CEO, Victor Cui. “These bouts set the tone for a blockbuster card that will keep fans from around the world on the edge of their seats.”

The night will also feature a fight between featherweights Rob Lisita and Yusuke Kawanago. The Australian Lisita will be taking on Kawanago, a former Legend FC champion, for the second time, as the two fought back in August of 2012.

The last fight announced is a match-up between 3-0 prospect Gianni Subba, and hometown hero Eugene Toquero. Subba, although only 21 years of age, has had all his professional fights in the ONE FC promotion, scoring three finishes. Toquero looks for his first win in the promotion.

“Expect ONE FC: Rise of Heroes to be a night of explosive knockouts and exciting finishes as we return to the Philippines with probably the most exciting fight card ever,” said Cui.

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