This Friday, ONE Championship returns to Putra Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for ONE FC 25. Live via an online pay-per-view basis, courtesy of UStream, the card features a headliner of ONE flyweight champion Adriano Moraes against Asuka Mikami, better known as “Riku Shibuya”, and a co-main event of Malaysian lightweight fighter Peter Davis in action against Rajinder Singh Meena.

Moraes headlines the this event card on the heels of his win over Geje Estaquio, while Shibuya made waves by signing on to ONE on the heels of a lengthy winning streak that extends all the way back to the earlier part of his career. Davis and Singh are also riding impressive win streaks, with Davis on a three-fight winning streak and Singh on the strength of a two-fight winning streak.

Catchweight (180 lbs.): Agilan Thani vs. Reant Febriza Rainir

Thani, known as “The Alligator”, tore through the amateurs on a 6-0 tear that began in late 2013, and after a recent slew of finishes, ONE came calling. Thani now faces Febriza Rainir, who made his name with wins in the Muay Thai circuit before getting picked up by ONE. Febriza Rainir may have a well-rounded game, for all anyone knows, but Thani is a jack-of-all-trades that has forced every opponent he has faced to date to succumb to defeat. Though Febriza Rainir might plan on executing a game plan that allows him to use his bread and butter, Thani will secure his foe’s neck and lock up a guillotine choke to secure the tap and the victory against his foe.

Prediction: Thani def. Febriza Rainir by submission (guillotine choke). Round 2.

Atomweight: Kirstie Gannaway vs. April Osenio

Evolve MMA’s Gannaway turned heads with a pro-debut win during her last time out in ONE, though she takes on a tough challenge in Team Lakay’s Osenio, who replaced teammate Jujeath Nagaowa on relatively short notice. Osenio has no experience in MMA, but she is a decorated wushu veteran with various wins in the grappling circuit. When a representative for the top camp in Asia combats a fighter from the best team in the Filipino circuit, fireworks are a given in some respect. Though most grappler-versus-grappler matchups almost guarantee an ugly standup battle, Gannaway will find a way to use an early exchange to her advantage, as she finds an opening to land a hard shot on Osenio, rocking her and leaving her open to a fight-ending barrage of strikes.

Prediction: Gannaway def. Osenio by TKO (strikes). Round 1.

Women’s Flyweight: Ann Osman vs. Walaa Abas

The Egyptian Top Team rep Abas swings at .500 as she prepares for Osman. The two share a common opponent in “Hurricane” Ana Julaton, against whom Abas dropped a unanimous decision and Osman scored a split decision, and despite the 2-2 Abas’ slight experience edge in comparison to the 2-1 Osman, “Athena” will do damage in the clinch and put Abas down early. Abas may fight through the storm at first, but eventually, the pressure will overwhelm Abas.

Prediction: Osman def. Abas by TKO (strikes). Round 1.

Featherweight: Chan Rothana vs. Ramon Gonzalez

In Rothana’s last ONE-contracted appearance, he found victory in the first round against Prak Chansin, thus moving forward in his featherweight tournament semifinal, only to lose to Samang Dun in the finals due to what looked like an illegal axe kick while Dun was grounded. Rothana gets the opportunity to put that misstep behind him against Gonzalez, who packs serious knockout power at this stage of his career, but will need more than that to come out on top. Gonzalez, like a lot of other prospects on this card, carries potential to make it in this sport, but if Rothana cannot land a fight-ending shot and knock Gonzalez out, he will attempt a rear-naked choke and lose it, only to end up in the dominant position, and lock up an armbar that forces the tap.

Prediction: Rothana def. Gonzalez by submission (armbar). Round 1

Featherweight: Ev Ting vs. Cary Bullos

On one hand, Bullos has never seen the third round in his entire pro career, but on the other, there’s the double-edged sword of what happens when he sees the second round. Of his seven pro wins, two of them came in the second round, but by the same token, so did his only TKO stoppage loss. Against a man like Ting, who can knock people out and take them to any kind of decision, it helps to keep more on the defensive , but that is easier said than done. Ting hold a lot of potential to do good things in this division, and through an ability to pressure Bullos and keep him guessing, he will score a win, though Bullos will weather the storm.

Prediction: Ting def. Bullos by unanimous decision

Flyweight: Thanh Vu vs. Gianni Subba

Vu and Subba travel down two separate roads, as Subba is fresh off of a win in June 2014, while Vu makes his first appearance inside a ONE cage since 2013. In fairness to Vu, he was linked to a bout against Xian Ji for the promotion last year, but he brings a good submission game to the cage, while Subba owns two wins by submission and the other two wins by some form of knockout. One could assume that Vu will show no significant signs of rust, but he will struggle to get his submission game going against a relentless Subba, and that will make the difference down the stretch.

Prediction: Subba def. Vu by unanimous decision

Lightweight Co-Main Event: Peter Davis vs. Rajinder Singh Meena

Davis and Singh Meena may be more evenly matched than people would think on paper. After all, both men are solid finishers, with Davis proving especially good with finding knockouts and Singh Meena having success in the submission game. The only real difference, aside from the few inches of height that Davis has on Singh Meena, is that Davis has seen the judges’ scorecards before and Singh Meena has not, though he need not worry about that, so long as he stays aware of the power in Davis’ hands and takes it to the ground. After all, there is more than one way to throw hands on an opponent, and Singh Meena will capitalize on his opportunity to finish it in his realm, all while battling in Davis’ backyard.

Prediction: Singh def. Davis by TKO (punches). Round 2.

ONE Flyweight Championship: Adriano Moraes vs. Asuka Mikami

Moraes possesses a killer instinct that few can match, and the fact that he carries a wide arsenal of striking to compliment his grappling makes him all that much more deadly for Mikami, who is a problem for anyone that can’t stand being pressured for up to three rounds. Still, there is a wide gap between Moraes and the level of competition which Mikami has beaten up to this point. Mikami must expose an opening to use either the striking or submissions of Moraes against him, or else the champ will push, punish, and shut down Mikami before the bout hits the championship rounds in scintillating, “highlight-reel knockout” fashion.

Prediction: Moraes def. Mikami by knockout (body kick). Round 3.

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Dale De Souza
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Dale De Souza is a 22-year-old kid straight out of Texas, who grew up around Professional Wrestling but embraced the beauty of Mixed Martial Arts and Combat Sports at a young age. Dale is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report MMA, a writer at The MMA Corner.