On Friday, December 5, ONE FC will continue to pave the way for mixed martial arts in Asia and surrounding areas. The promotion will find a temporary home at the Mall of Asia in the Capital Region of the Philippines when they host ONE FC 23: Warrior’s Way.

In the night’s main event, Bibiano Fernandes will meet Dae Hwan Kim with hopes of defending his featherweight title for just the second time since joining forces with the rapidly-growing promotion. But there’s more to be enlivened for as there will be much to watch for come Friday evening.

Check out what you should watch for below.

 

Brandon Vera’s ONE FC debut

It’s been nearly eight years since Vera has fought with a promotion less the UFC. In a few short days, Vera will attempt to reestablish his legacy within the Asian market. Aside from an early run with the UFC, Vera’s criticism of lackluster performances has been well warranted as he’s earned just one win in the last five years. Unfortunately for Vera, he doesn’t quite matchup well against a finish-focused opponent in Igor Subora. Can Vera get back on the track to success? A glimmer of hope still remains.

Roger Gracie vs. James McSweeney

Vera isn’t the only fighter on the December 5th card that will debut with a new company. Enter Gracie. With hopes of carrying the torch for his nearly forgotten family, Gracie will enter meet McSweeney in a return to the light heavyweight division. With Gracie’s expertise in the submission game, and McSweeney’s power striking, those in attendance and watching from abroad will be in for a thriller.

Bibiano Fernandes’ Climb Towards Relevancy

With the exception of fighters under the UFC banner, it’s hard for a martial artist to gain recognition due in large to the competition level outside of the octagon. Fernandes has gotten as far as the road travels. With eight consecutive wins and nothing left to prove, it seems Fernandes has more to lose and less to gain in a showdown with Dae Hwan Kim. Even with a win, it’s hard to envision another step up the ladder considering his competition. Nonetheless, Fernandes will progress on his slow, but steady journey.

 

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