On Friday, May 2, ONE Fighting Championship hosted its 15th event, dubbed Rise of Heroes, from the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

The event was headlined by a championship clash between former DREAM featherweight and bantamweight kingpin Bibiano Fernandes and Bellator and Shooto veteran Masakatsu Ueda. The champion Fernandes entered the contest riding a seven-fight winning streak, with his last three victories coming inside the ONE FC cage. Ueda, meanwhile, also rode a three-fight winning streak for the promotion into the title tilt.

In the co-main event, former ONE FC lightweight title holder Kotetsu Boku looked to build upon his first-round knockout of Arnaud Lepont in March as he faced off with Filipino Eduard Folayang. The Team Lakay fighter Folayang had complied a record of 3-3 with the promotion and was looking to put on a show in front of his hometown crowd.

Also on the main card, another Team Lakay product, flyweight Rey Docyogen squared off with Joshua Alvarez, Australian featherweight Rob Lisita looked for revenge against Yusuke Kawanago, and former UFC heavyweight James McSweeney faced off with Chris Lokteff.

The nine-fight event kicked off at 7 a.m. ET with two preliminary card bouts. The main card followed at 8 a.m ET. It aired via online pay-per-view for $9.99.

Bibiano Fernandes def. Masakatsu Ueda by unanimous decision – for bantamweight title
Eduard Folayang def. Kotetsu Boku by unanimous decision
Rey Docyogen def. Joshua Alvarez by unanimous decision
Rob Lisita def. Yusuke Kawanago by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 0:28
James McSweeney def. Chris Lokteff by knockout (flying knee). Round 1, 1:56
Leandro Ataides def. Tatsuya Mizuno by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 0:47
Ana Julaton def. Aya Saeid Saber by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 4:01
Eugene Toquero def. Gianni Subba by unanimous decision
Jujeath Nagaowa def. Jeet Toshi by TKO (punches). Round 2, 1:07

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Located in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Neil Rooke has been writing about the sport of MMA since 2011. In the past, Neil has written for Cage Junkies and has written for Fight! Magazine as well as Fist! Fight Magazine. Neil is also a regular contributor to Fight! Magazine Australia and Yahoo! Sports Singapore.