On May 30, ONE FC returned to Singapore to stage its 16th event, which took place in front of a sell-out crowd. With another event in the books, it’s time to take a look at what fights should be made in the future for some of the events standout performers.

Ben Askren vs. Nobutatsu Suzuki

The ONE FC debut of Ben Askren went off without a hitch. Whilst there was a surprise in the opening seconds of the fight, with Askren being taken down by a very game Bakhityar Abbasov, the fight pretty well went the way that most had expected—an Askren domination.

Now that Askren has had his first fight on Asian soil, it absolutely makes sense that he faces Nobutatsu Suzuki for the ONE FC welterweight title. It’s the fight that most had expected to begin with, and although Suzuki may present a different challenge than Abbasov did, it’s likely that we will see Askren become a champion once again.

Jadamba Narantungalag vs. Rob Lisita

This spells fireworks. When former Legend FC lightweight champion Jadamba Narantungalag faced former ONE FC featherweight champion Honorio Banario last weekend, it was a highly anticipated bout, and rightfully so. The two delivered in a fight where Narantungalag just kept coming forward.

Australia’s Rob Lisita impressed in his ONE FC debut on May 2 when he won by first-round knockout over Yusuke Kawanago. With Lisita eagerly awaiting a match-up with Koji Oishi for the featherweight title, a fight with Narantungalag makes sense as a title eliminator. You can guarantee that both men will be there to put on a show, and there will be no doubt that whoever walks out the winner would certainly be in line for a chance to fight for the title.

Caros Fodor vs. Vincent Latoel

Former Strikeforce fighter Caros Fodor had a return to form when he bested Willy Ni in the first round of their bout via submission. It was a much-needed rebound performance for Fodor, who has his eye on getting a shot at the ONE FC lightweight title before the year ends. Fodor showed his dominance in the bout and clearly wanted to prove a point.

MMA veteran Vincent Latoel was part of one of the biggest upsets of the night when he defeated Singapore’s Eddie Ng via first-round TKO. It puts Latoel’s ONE FC record at 2-1, which is the same as Fodor’s mark with the promotion.

Having these two meet next makes sense. Whilst there may not be title implications in the fight, it will give both fighters the chance to put their mark on the lightweight division.


With a minimum of one event a month planned for the remainder of the year, ONE FC matchmaker Matt Hume will be looking at putting on some world-class fights. These are just a few particular pairings that could be in store in the near future.